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6 PM: Janet Wallach reads from her new book The Richest Woman in America
September 27, 2012 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
No woman in the Gilded Age made as much money as Hetty Green. At the time of her death in 1916, she was worth at least 100 million dollars, equal to more than 2 billion dollars today. A strong believer in women being financially independent, she offered valuable lessons for the present times. Abandoned at birth by her neurotic mother, scorned by her misogynist father, Hetty set out as a child to prove her value. Following the simple rules of her wealthy Quaker father, she successfully invested her money and along the way proved to herself that she was wealthy and therefore worthy.
Set during a period of financial crisis strikingly similar to our current one, acclaimed author Janet Wallach’s engrossing exploration of a fascinating life revives a rarely-mentioned queen of American finance.