Throughout the history of the United States, women have played a prominent role in the movement for liberty.
From Anne Hutchinson, whose doctrinal disputes with the Puritan clergy led to her expulsion from colonial Massachusetts, to Rosa Parks, who became a Civil Rights icon by refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, bus to a white man, women have helped shape the American experience.
Author John Blundell explores their stories and influence in a discussion of his book Ladies for Liberty: Women Who Made A Difference in American Historyon Monday, May 13, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Blundell looks to the lives of these individuals to refute the idea that women desire and benefit from big government. His portrayals emphasize self-determination as a virtue and a belief that individuals should be allowed to pursue their own ends free of coercion.
Blundell is a visiting fellow at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., and serves as distinguished senior fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs in London, where he was director general from 1993 through 2009. Among his books are Margaret Thatcher: A Portrait of the Iron Lady, Waging the War of Ideas, and the comic book Female Force: Ayn Rand.
The event is co-sponsored by the Show-Me Institute, the Kansas Policy Institute, and the Bastiat Society of Wichita.
Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. RSVP at kclibrary.org  or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available in the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore.