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Katie J. Moon

Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 7:00p.m.

Video premiere: November 5, 7:00 p.m. on

Katie J. Moon, "Groundbreakers, Rule-Breakers & Rebels: 50 Unstoppable St. Louis Women"

The history of women’s activism in St. Louis began long before 1920, when Missouri ratified the Nineteenth Amendment and gave women the right to vote. In “Groundbreakers, Rule-Breakers, & Rebels,” a companion book to the Missouri History Museum’s “Beyond the Ballot: St. Louis and Suffrage” exhibit, author and exhibits manager Katie J. Moon tells the stories of fifty female pioneers with ties to St. Louis, from European-born settlers like Marie-Thérèse Bourgeois Chouteau to early-twentieth-century cookbook author Irma Rombauer and renowned activist poet Maya Angelou. Whether world-famous or not, each of the trailblazing women in this book faced a host of specific obstacles and restrictions in their chosen fields that existed solely because of their gender. Their victories were all hard won and well earned.

Missouri Historical SocietySigned copies of the book are available from the Missouri Historical Society.