On Monday, October 4 at 6 p.m. the Hudson Library & Historical Society will host a live virtual streaming event with Kate Moore, bestselling author of The Radium Girls, who will discuss her latest book, The Woman They Could Not Silence: One Woman, Her Incredible Fight for Freedom, and the Men Who Tried to Make Her Disappear. The book tells the story of Elizabeth Packard, an Illinois mother of six whose husband commits her to an insane asylum after deeming her too outspoken and difficult to control. A starred Booklist review calls the book "a veritable tour de force about how far women’s rights have come and how far we still have to go.”
Elizabeth not only experiences horrific conditions inside the Illinois State Hospital, but also discovers that she is not the only sane woman confined to the institution. Many rational women on her ward tell the same story: they've been committed not because they need medical treatment, but to keep them in line?conveniently labeled "crazy" so their voices are ignored. Elizabeth has nothing more to lose and fights for herself and those without a voice.
Moore is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Radium Girls, which won the 2017 Goodreads Choice Award for Best History. Moore writes across various genres and has had multiple titles on the Sunday Times bestseller list.
Copies of The Woman They Could Not Silence will be available for purchase courtesy of the Learned Owl Book Shop. Registration for this program is required and a valid email address is required at time of registration. Participants will receive an email invitation to attend the program, hosted on Zoom, a day before the program begins.
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