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The Roundtable

"Visionary Women" By Andrea Barnet

Book Cover - Visionary Women

Andrea Barnet’s new book "Visionary Women" tells the story of four visionaries who profoundly shaped the world we live in today. Together, these women, linked not by friendship or field but by their choice to break with convention, showed what one person speaking truth to power can do.

Jane Jacobs fought for livable cities and strong communities; Rachel Carson warned us about poisoning the environment; Jane Goodall demonstrated the indelible kinship between humans and animals; and Alice Waters urged us to reconsider what and how we eat.

Barnet traces the arc of each woman’s career and explores how their work collectively changed the course of history.

Andrea Barnet is the author of "All-Night Party: The Women of Bohemian Greenwich Village and Harlem, 1913-1930." She was a regular contributor to the New York Times Book Review for twenty-five years, and her journalism has appeared in Smithsonian Magazine, the New York Times, Self, Harper's Bazaar, and Elle, among other outlets.