"Finding Her Voice" Book Club
Date & Time: Wednesday, December 4, 2019. 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Read and discuss a variety of books about women’s history and impact during this special book club. This month, the club is reading “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte.When “Jane Eyre” was published in England in 1847, (under Bronte’s male pseudonym, Currer Bell), it was ground-breaking in so many ways. Contemporary critics described Jane and the novel as “coarse” and “unfeminine.” Yet, the novel soared in popularity. Set against the backdrop of 19th century England and an intriguing mystery, the novel features a strong female as its central character. Jane Eyre is an orphan, raised by a cruel relative who sees Jane as nothing but a burden. Society and Jane’s family dismiss her from their ranks because she is poor, small and unattractive. Jane, however, uses her plucky, indomitable spirit and sharp wit to carve out her own place in the world. Christie Weininger, executive director, will lead this discussion.The book club is part of the Hayes Presidential’s “Finding Her Voice” program. This special program runs in conjunction with the centennial of women’s suffrage and includes special exhibits in the museum, the book club and other programs being planned to celebrate and learn about women’s history. “Finding Her Voice” is sponsored by title sponsor the Reed Fund of The Toledo Community Foundation and major sponsors The Randolph J. & Estelle M. Dorn Foundation and ProMedica Memorial Hospital. “Finding Her Voice” is made possible in part by Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.