– Research presentation by series creator Charlotte Mangin on Sissieretta Jones and Annie Smith Peck, two remarkable women from Rhode Island history
– Screening of the UNLADYLIKE2020 trailer and a sneak peek of the first episode in the series, which tells the story of aviator Bessie Coleman, the first African American woman pilot
– Panel discussion with Charlotte Mangin, Hannah Kimberley, author of A Woman’s Place Is at the Top, a biography of Annie Smith Peck, Morgan Grefe, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Historical Society, Ray Rickman, Executive Director and Robb Dimmick, Programming Director at Stages of Freedom, moderated by Christina Bevilacqua, Programs & Exhibitions Director at the Providence Public Library
– Community conversation about women’s history, African American history, Rhode Island history, and women’s empowerment
The Daily Beast just named A Woman’s Place Is at the Top on the list of “ten inspiring and thought-provoking reads about female groundbreakers” to read about during Women’s History Month! I’m not sure it can get any better than Annie Peck being nestled in between Malala Yousafzai, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and Ruth Bader Ginsberg! Annie would be well pleased! Check out the full list here.
I had a lovely time speaking with Meghna Chakrabarti on Radio Boston at WBUR today. It was also fantastic to work with Producer/Writer Zoe Mitchell. You can listen to the podcast here. Thanks for tuning in!
My publication date is here! It’s been a long time coming, as you can see from this 1935 rejection letter written exactly 82 years ago today to Annie Peck’s first biographer who never did end up writing her story. I’m pretty sure there’s no such thing as coincidence, but I do believe that #persistence matters. Thanks for reading!
“With precise language and robust descriptions, Kimberley pulls this slight, wily woman out of the vaults of history and inserts Annie Smith Peck in her rightful place among our country’s most accomplished mountaineers and social leaders.”