VISIONARY WOMEN: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters Changed Our World
Hammertown friend and neighbor, Andrea Barnet, will be part The White Hart Speaker Series and will be discussing these four influential women we thought we knew well and how they spearheaded the modern progressive movement on April 19th. (must RSVP to attend. Click here to reserve your spot).
Her new book VISIONARY WOMEN is the story of four visionaries who profoundly shaped the world we live in today. Jane Jacobs fought for livable cities and strong communities; Rachel Carson warned us about poisoning the environment; Jane Goodall demonstrated the indelible kinship between humans and animals; and Alice Waters urged us to reconsider what and how we eat. Together, these women—linked not by friendship or field, but by their choice to break with convention—showed what one person speaking truth to power can do.
With a keen eye for historical detail, Andrea Barnet traces the arc of each woman’s career and explores how their work collectively changed the course of history. While they hailed from different generations, Carson, Jacobs, Goodall, and Waters found their voices in the early sixties. At a time of enormous upheaval, all four stood as bulwarks against 1950s corporate culture and its war on nature. Consummate outsiders, each prevailed against powerful and mostly male adversaries while also anticipating the disaffections of the emerging counterculture. These women pitted themselves against seemingly intractable government, businesses, and entrenched special interests. All told, their efforts ignited a transformative progressive movement while offering people a new way to think about the world and a more positive way of living in it.
With VISIONARY WOMEN, the legacies of these four revolutionary figures get the exploration they’ve long deserve.
Andy is also the author of All-Night Party: The Women of Bohemian Greenwich Village and Harlem, 1913-1930. The book was a nonfiction finalist for the 2004 Lambda Literary awards. She was a regular contributor to the New York Times Book Review for twenty-five years, and her journalism has appeared in Smithsonian Magazine, the New York Times, Self, Harper’s Bazaar, and Elle, among other outlets. She splits her time between the Hudson Valley and New York City.