It Takes a Woman

Course Dates: 
Sept. 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 2011
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Brenda Painter, Angela Baisley, Catherine Frank, Fusako Krummel, Sarah Larson
Course Catalogs: 
2011 Fall

This course will offer biographical and critical information about several women of historical importance, with discussion concerning each woman’s contributions to the arts, society, and other areas as well. A list of websites, readings, books, etc., will be provided by email.

Facilitated by Brenda Painter (, we will become acquainted with women outstanding in their areas of expertise. Presented by Angela Baisley (, Irene Nemirovsky published widely in France in the 1930s and early 1940s until she was rounded up by the Nazis and sent to Auschwitz, where she died in 1942. Catherine Frank ( will (re)introduce us to the Brontë sisters, those young single women who lived an isolated, seemingly sheltered life in a parsonage in Yorkshire, but could write books that were angry, revolutionary, and, yes, sexy. Fusako Krummel ( will tell us more intimate details of the life of Mary Anne Evans who chose to use a masculine pen name of George Eliot, because she wanted to be taken seriously as an author. Theodate Pope Riddle, one of America’s first architects and cousin to “the father of modern architecture,” Philip Johnson, will be presented by Sarah Larson (