The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum Cordially Invites You to: A Women’s History Month Celebration
Eileen McNamara, Pulitzer Prize Winning Boston Globe Journalist, Brandeis University Journalism Program Director, and author of Eunice the Kennedy Who Changed the World will share her professional experiences with aspiring writers and leaders.
Thursday, March 21st, 9:30-11:30 am at Alberto’s Ristorante, 360 Main Street, Hyannis.
Join us for a wonderful morning of networking with high school students, faculty, Cape and Islands winners of the Mercy Otis Warren Award, and Eileen McNamara. Students will have the opportunity to meet some of Cape Cod’s outstanding women in leadership and meet a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist.
Seating is limited and will be offered on a first come/first served basis.
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About The Book
A Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist examines the life and times of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, arguing she left behind the Kennedy family’s most profound political legacy.
While Joe Kennedy was grooming his sons for the White House and the Senate, his Stanford-educated daughter Eunice was tapping her father’s fortune and her brothers’ political power to engineer one of the great civil rights movements of our time on behalf of millions of children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Now, in Eunice, Pulitzer Prize winner Eileen McNamara finally brings Eunice Kennedy Shriver out from her brothers’ shadow to show an officious, cigar-smoking, indefatigable woman of unladylike determination and deep compassion born of rage: at the medical establishment that had no answers for her sister Rosemary; at the revered but dismissive father whose vision for his family did not extend beyond his sons; and at the government that failed to deliver on America’s promise of equality.
Granted access to never-before-seen private papers—from the scrapbooks Eunice kept as a schoolgirl in prewar London to her thoughts on motherhood and feminism—McNamara paints a vivid portrait of a woman both ahead of her time and out of step with it: the visionary founder of the Special Olympics, a devout Catholic in a secular age, and a formidable woman whose impact on American society was longer lasting than that of any of the Kennedy men.