Dr. Elizabeth Cobbs to Headline Women United Luncheon
This year the Women United Luncheon is proud to present Dr. Elizabeth Cobbs, acclaimed author of The Hello Girls and The Hamilton Affair, as the keynote speaker. According to a review of The Hello Girls by NPR: “They were brave. They were resourceful. But when they returned home, they discovered to their dismay that, according to the United States government at least, there was one thing they most certainly were not: veterans.”
Detailing the service of the first U.S. female soldiers, The Hello Girls takes place during WWI. It follows the tale of over 200 women who helped win the war by traveling overseas to operate the most advanced communication technology at the time: the switchboard. But their battle did not end there. When they returned stateside, it would take 60 long years before the government would grant them the status and honor of being recognized as veterans.
It is her passion for history and creativity that makes Elizabeth uniquely qualified to write The Hello Girls. Writing since the age of 15, Elizabeth has received several awards for her work including the San Diego Book Award and Director’s Mention, Langum Prize in American Historical Fiction. As a historian, Elizabeth has served in a range of roles from serving on the jury for the Pulitzer Prize in History to serving two terms on the Historical Advisory Committee of the U.S. State Department to teaching at the University of San Diego.
Women United Luncheon
Besides hearing Dr. Elizabeth Cobbs as the featured speaker, the Women United Luncheon is a chance to network with 1,000 of Central Florida’s most prominent and influential female leaders. We invite you to join us on February 22, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency for the 11th annual Women United Luncheon!
For information about sponsorship and corporate tables, please contact WomenUnited@HFUW.org.