Women and War: Untold Stories

Fri. March 22, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Sponsored by: CFA Institute

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Heath Lee (The League of Wives: The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the U.S. Government to Bring Their Husbands Home) and Eileen Rivers (Beyond the Call: Three Women 0n the Front Lines in Afghanistan) discuss the impact of America’s foreign wars on two generations of women, first the Vietnam era P.O.W. wives who confronted an uncaring U.S. government to women of our era themselves fighting in a distant land. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

Why should you attend?

“With astonishing verve, The League of Wives persisted to speak truth to power to bring their POW/MIA husbands home from Vietnam. And with astonishing verve, Heath Hardage Lee has chronicled their little-known story ― a profile of courage that spotlights 1960s-era military wives who forge secret codes with bravery, chutzpah and style. Honestly, I couldn’t put it down.” ―Beth Macy, author of Dopesick and Factory Man

“A compelling story, too long untold. Eileen Rivers reveals the power of women–of women in the U.S. military in Afghanistan, playing a crucial role in intelligence gathering that was impossible for their male counterparts. And the power of the Afghan women with whom they forged a bond. For the Afghan women, the war isn’t over, of course. And the American women faced battles of their own when they got home. If you start reading Eileen Rivers’s book, you won’t be able to stop. Some of it will make you angry. Much of it will make you proud.” —Susan Page, Washington Bureau Chief, USA TODAY