‘Code Girls’ author Liza Mundy to speak at Sweet Briar

New York Times best-selling author Liza Mundy will visit Sweet Briar College at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 20, in The Florence Elston Inn & Conference Center. A book signing and reception will follow.

Liza MundyMundy’s book “Code Girls” tells the story of how more than 10,000 women served as code breakers during World War II. One of those women was Delia Ann Taylor, a member of the Sweet Briar Class of 1934. In addition to “Code Girls,” Mundy’s other books include “The Richer Sex” and “Michelle,” a biography of First Lady Michelle Obama, which was translated into 16 languages.

Mundy has appeared on The Colbert Report, The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, MSNBC, CNN, C-Span, Fox News, and others including several National Public Radio shows.

A former longtime reporter for the Washington Post, she is currently director of the work and family program at the New America Foundation, and also a contributing editor at Politico Magazine. She has written for Slate, Time, the Guardian, the Washington Monthly, Huffington Post, and Lingua Franca, among others, and has received fellowships from the Japan Society, the Marine Biological Laboratory, and the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

Her presentation at Sweet Briar will touch on the themes in her book, including the contributions of women to the field of cyber intelligence. Graduates of women’s colleges across the South were eager to serve their country and helped the United States win the war. Taylor, says Mundy, was a pioneer in the field of code-breaking and rose to a high position as a result of her work. “It was a great moment in the validation of the education of women,” she said.

Cover of Code GirlsHer visit to Sweet Briar is part of the College’s “At the Invitation of the President” series, which brings women of consequence to perform and speak at Sweet Briar.

“Not only is Liza Mundy a successful author herself, but she has brought to light a wonderful story about the impact women had during World War II,” said President Meredith Woo. “That one of our own alumnae was one of those women makes her visit particularly meaningful.”

The event is supported through the Ewald Scholars Program and is free and open to the public. Because there is limited seating, the College asks that you reserve your seat by picking up your tickets in advance at The Florence Elston Inn & Conference Center on campus. Tickets will be available at the front desk from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. every day beginning on Wednesday, Feb. 14. You may also call the Inn at 434-381-6411.

Directions and Parking

The Florence Elston Inn & Conference Center is located just past the gate house on Sweet Briar’s campus. Click here for directions to campus. Click here for a printable map of campus. Guests visiting campus for the event may park in the lot next to the conference center.