(REGIONAL) – Jill
Tietjen starts with the names. Some are very familiar:
Amelia Earhart, Oprah Winfrey and Helen Keller.
less so. There’s Lane Bryant, a company that would’ve
been called Lena Bryant after the founder’s name except for a
clerical error. Her company produced the first commercially available
maternity garment in 1904 and continues today.
then there’s Florence Seibert, whose work in developing the
test for tuberculosis was crucial. Or Stephanie Kwolek, the chemist
who invented the bulletproof fabric, Kevlar.
names or not, the point of Tietjen’s book, “Her
Story, a Timeline of the Women Who Changed America” is
that women, their stories and their accomplishments, are the story of
those stories to Whidbey Island as part of the Trudy
Sundberg Lecture Series:
Friday, May 4, 7 p.m., WICA, 565 Camano Ave., Langley
Saturday, May 5, 7
Lodge, 155 NE Ernst St. Oak Harbor
events are free and open to the public. Seating may be limited, doors
open at 6:30 p.m. each night.
said she expects the “book to be the start of many discussions
and conversations related to women’s achievements throughout
history. ‘Her Story’ is a book that “captures the
broad spectrum of human endeavor.”
is an electrical engineer as well as author and national speaker on
the history of scientific and technical women. She is a member of the
Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame and received the Daughters of the
American Revolution History Award Medal for “Her Story.”
choice of Tietjen and this book is well-aligned with the namesake of
the lecture series. Trudy Sundberg was a beloved Whidbey Island
teacher and civic activist who passed away in 2013.
was known for her commitment as an Oak Harbor High School educator
and community leader whose causes ranged from progressive politics to
founding the Save Our Kids Crusade to support for the arts and
promoting the Whidbey Camano Land Trust. Family members, friends and
the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation joined together to establish the
Trudy Sundberg Memorial Fund to underwrite a lecture series in
Sundberg’s name that reflects her many areas of interest and
promote lifelong learning.
Trudy Sundberg Lecture Series is sponsored by the Sno-Isle Libraries
Foundation, Humanities Washington, Jennifer Wynn of Windermere Real
Estate – Whidbey Island, Island Thrift, Davido Consulting
Group, Inc., Friends of the Clinton Library, Friends of the Freeland
Library, League of Women Voters Whidbey Island, Whidbey Sun and Wind,
American Association of University Women (AAUW) Whidbey Island
Branch, Terra Firma Wealth Management, Whidbey Island Bank and
for this report was provided by Sno-Isle Libraries