What's Next Webinar Series
An Exclusive Interview and Q&A with Marie Benedict
Free program for AWIS Members
Unearthing Untold Stories of Women in Science and Other Fields
Through a combination of research and storytelling, Marie Benedict is on a mission to uncover the stories of influential women and their significant contributions.
Many women have been hidden by history due to either a lack of documentation or to lack of recognition. She aims to demonstrate that there is more than one [men’s] point of view when capturing history.
Please join us for an hour of inspiration and lessons learned from Mileva Marić Einstein and Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler (a.k.a. Hedy Lamarr) the central characters in two of her books: The Other Einstein and The Only Woman in the Room.
These women faced challenges that women in science and STEM fields still face today including:
• gender discrimination
• career pivots
• work-life integration
We will also discuss racial bias and discrimination, themes at the center of her upcoming June 2021 book release, The Personal Librarian.
New York Times Bestselling Author
DATE: Tuesday, September 29, 2020
TIME: 3:00-4:00 PM ET
COST: $29.00 for non-AWIS members
This event is free for AWIS members. Please use the member promo code when registering. This code can be found in the AWIS Insider newsletter or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
You do not need to have read the books to find this conversation valuable! These topics will likely resonate with us all. The books will simply frame the dialogue, and allow Marie to share the perspectives of these women.
Learning From the Past
To write in first person, Marie Benedict inhabits the lives of her heroines so that she can logically fill in the gaps of history. She can even share details that were not included in the plot of the books:
The Other Einstein is the story of Einstein’s wife, a brilliant physicist in her own right, whose contribution to the theory of relativity is hotly debated. After becoming pregnant, she did not complete her degree. She was eclipsed by her husband’s shadow.
The Only Woman in the Room follows Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler (a.k.a. the film star Hedy Lamarr) from her marriage to an arms merchant supplying the Nazis, to the US where she invented a frequency-hopping signal that paved the way for WiFi.
If you purchase the books from Marie’s local bookstore, Penguin Bookshop, indicate that you are from AWIS and you will receive an “Only Woman in the Room” totebag (while supplies last).