Listen, world! : an urgent and timely discussion for women’s history month

Mar 22, 2023
5:30 PM | Bar opens
6:30 PM | Program
7:30 PM | Dinner
skylight gallery
Open to Coffee House and Salmagundi members
Program is FREE to attend
Eventbrite RSVP required
You will have the option of RSVP-ing for the event alone, or for both the talk and dinner. A la carte dinner is paid separately (card only).
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About the Event

Coffee House Club is thrilled to host a star-studded panel discussion with Kate Zernike, Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times reporter and author of the just-released book The Exceptions: Nancy Hopkins, MIT, and the Fight for Women in Science; Allison Gilbert, Emmy award-winning journalist and co-author of Listen, World!: How the Intrepid Elsie Robinson Became America’s Most-Read Woman, a groundbreaking biography that the Wall Street Journal raves is an “important contribution to women’s history”; and Elisabeth Griffith, historian, former leader in the National Women’s Political Caucus and Women’s Campaign Fund, and author of Formidable: American Women and the Fight for Equality, 1920-2020.

It’s sure to be a fun and thought-provoking night of mingling and conversation. Books will be available for sale and signing, and the conviviality will continue with dinner downstairs following the program.


Ticketed guests are welcome to stay for dinner by indicating so in their Eventbrite RSVP.

There will be an a la carte menu to choose from with a $5 per glass Coffee House wine special. You can pay for your meal with a card or your membership account (no cash). Remember: No tipping. Enjoy!

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At this event, video will be recorded. By attending this event, you may be included in this video. Your attendance at this event grants your permission to be included in this video, which may be used in broadcast media and for promotional and educational purposes.

Featured books and authors

Cover of "Formidable: American Women and the Fight for Equality".
"Formidable" by Elisabeth Griffith / Pegasus Books (Dec. 6, 2022)
by Elisabeth Griffith

The Nineteenth Amendment was an incomplete victory. Black and white women fought hard for voting rights and doubled the number of eligible voters, but the amendment did not enfranchise all women, or even protect the rights of those women who could vote. A century later, women are still grappling with how to use the vote and their political power to expand civil rights, confront racial violence, improve maternal health, advance educational and employment opportunities, and secure reproductive rights.

Elisabeth Griffith earned her PhD from The American University and an undergraduate degree from Wellesley College. She has been a Kennedy Fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics and a Klingenstein Fellow at Columbia Teachers College. Dr. Griffith has spent her career working for women’s rights as an activist and an academic, teaching women’s history at the secondary and college level and has written for The New York TimesThe Washington Post, and professional journals. She is currently teaching courses in women’s history at the Smithsonian Associates and Politics & Prose. She is the author of In Her Own Right: The Life of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, which was the inspiration for Ken Burns’ PBS documentary, Not For Ourselves Alone.

“An essential history of the struggle by both Black and white women to achieve their equal rights.” –Hillary Rodham Clinton

Cover of "The Exceptions".
"The Exceptions" by Kate Zernike / Scribner (Feb. 28, 2023)
The Exceptions
by Kate Zernike

From the Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist who broke the story, the inspiring account of the sixteen female scientists who forced MIT to publicly admit it had been discriminating against its female faculty for years—sparking a nationwide reckoning with the pervasive sexism in science.

Kate Zernike has been a reporter for The New York Times since 2000. She was a member of the team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for stories about al-Qaeda before and after the 9/11 terror attacks. She was previously a reporter for The Boston Globe, where she broke the story of MIT’s admission that it had discriminated against women on its faculty, on which The Exceptions is based. The daughter and granddaughter of scientists, she is a graduate of Trinity College at the University of Toronto and the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and sons.

“Exceptional—a condemnation of the treatment of women in science and a riveting story about the drive to pursue science.” –Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Emperor of All Maladies and the #1 New York Times bestseller The Gene

Cover of "Listen, World!: How the Intrepid Elsie Robinson Became America's Must-read Woman".
"Listen, World!" by Julia Scheeres and Allison Gilbert / Seal Press (Sep. 27, 2022)
Listen, World!
by Julia Scheeres and Allison Gilbert

It’s the first biography of Elsie Robinson, the most influential newspaper columnist you’ve never heard of! At thirty-five, Robinson feared she’d lost it all. Reeling from a scandalous divorce in 1917, she had no means to support herself and her chronically ill son. She dreamed of becoming a writer and was willing to sacrifice everything for this goal, even swinging a pickax in a gold mine to pay the bills.

Allison Gilbert is an award-winning journalist and author of numerous books including Passed and Present and Parentless Parents. She has written for numerous newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times and the Huffington Post. She is the founder of Parentless Parents, a nationwide network of parents who have experienced the loss of their own mothers and fathers. Allison is also a public speaker and an Emmy award-winning television news producer.

“An engaging tale…One does not tire of spending time with Elise Robinson.” -New York Times

“Ms. Scheeres and Ms. Gilbert have made an important contribution to women’s history.” -Wall Street Journal

“The first biography of this forgotten California dynamo…The allure is apparent.” -Washington Post

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