The Secret Life of Lady Liberty by Robert Hieronimus and Laura E. Cornter
Tuesday, December 20
Join us for a visual presentation based on the rich illustrations featured in the new book The Secret Life of Lady Liberty: Goddess in the New World. The authors reveal fresh perspectives on the symbolism of the 130-year-old copper lady in the New York Harbor. Appreciating the Statue of Liberty specifically as America’s goddess, they say, can inspire activism by acknowledging the female half of divinity – a fundamental step to lasting gender equality.
Seeing Lady Liberty essentially as a woman confident in her own power, they trace her lineage back to the Neolithic Earth Mother, Mary Magdalene, Minerva, Joan of Arc, the savage "Indian Queen” and the Revolutionary generation’s "Indian Princess.” They also reveal the sharp contrast between depicting “liberty” as a female, the reality of women, and the suffragists’ claim of “Giant Hypocrisy.”
Robert Hieronimus, Ph.D., is an internationally known historian, visual artist, radio host, and member of the NAC. He has appeared on History, Discovery, BBC, and National Geographic. Laura E. Cortner has co-authored previous titles with Hieronimus including Founding Fathers, Secret Societies and United Symbolism of America.