Great Lives: Female Code Breakers of WWII – UMW Lecture Series

Code Girls Lecture Enigma

World War II took place less than a century ago, meaning it is still very much a part of modern history. Yet, the number of survivors from that era dwindles every day. It can be difficult to fully imagine what it was like to live through the biggest, costliest, and worst war in human history. This is why author Liza Mundy’s lecture is one you don’t want to miss.

Learn the story behind Mundy’s book, and immerse yourself in the world of female code breakers from WWII.

Code Girls

As part of the University of Mary Washington’s “Great Lives” lecture series, it will host New York Times best-selling author Liza Mundy on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. Mundy will speak on her book, “Code Girls.”

If you’ve ever seen Hidden Figures, then the premise of this story will sounds familiar. It’s about a group of women in the US who became code breakers during WWII. First, a group of female college students received secretive letters following the attack on Pearl Harbor. These US-Navy letters invited them to join the American intelligence forces and train to become some of the nation’s first female code breakers. In the two years that followed, more than 10,000 women would answer the call to become code breakers.

By joining forces and becoming code breakers, these women opened doors that had previously been denied to them. It was also a way for them to aid the war effort while their boyfriends, brothers, or husbands were away fighting. Their efforts saved countless lives and helped end history’s worst war.

But due to the sensitive and secretive nature of their positions, the stories of these girls were almost erased from history. Thanks to the incredible effort of Mundy, these stories are brought to life through research and interviews with surviving code breakers.

About Liza Mundy

You may know Mundy as the author of the best-selling book, “Michelle,” a biography on First Lady Michelle Obama. This book alone has been translated into 16 languages.

Mundy also released “The Richer Sex” in 2013 which examines the forces behind women’s rising economic power and its implications on marriage and family life. “Code Girls” is her most recent publication, released in 2017.

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