Event | Lectures and Symposia Code Girls Reunion and Women's History Month Observance
Date and Location
When: Friday, March 22, 2019
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT
Where: Thomas Jefferson Building - LJ 119
10 1st Street SE, Washington, DC 20540
Part of Women's History Month
For more information, please call (202) 707-2333. Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or [email protected]
In recognition of Women’s History Month, the Library of Congress Veterans History Project (VHP) will host a reunion of a special group of change makers—the women who served as top secret code breakers during World War II, more commonly known as “Code Girls.” This event is believed to be the first national reunion of these women, all of whom are nonagenarians. Guest speakers include “Code Girls” Nancy Tipton and Suzanne Embree, New York Timesbestselling author Liza Mundy and television personality Bill Nye The Science Guy, whose late mother was as a “Code Girl.”
The reunion will begin with a processional of “Code Girls,” and loved ones carrying framed photographs of their deceased “Code Girls.” The day also will include a pop-up exhibit of Library of Congress materials related to code breaking during World War II.
The “Code Girls” were originally recruited as young college students with high aptitudes in mathematics and linguistics, and are credited with cracking the secret codes that helped lead the United States to victory. Due to the sensitive nature of their work, the women’s achievements and patriotic service was at risk of being lost to history until Mundy, citing VHP collections and other sources, published her widely popular book, Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II(Hachette Books, 2017).
“We are proud that Ms. Mundy’s research led her to the Veterans History Project’s collections, and that her work helped to spark a national conversation which inspired us to host a reunion for these amazing women and their loved ones,” said Karen Lloyd, director of VHP. “Recognizing and celebrating this group of historic change makers is long overdue, and we are honored to add this reunion to the Library’s list of Women’s History Month activities,” she added.Contact: (202) 707-2333