NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Norwich University’s Sullivan Museum and History Center presents “Not Like Joan of Arc,” a talk by author Pamela Toler on her book, “Women Warriors: An Unexpected History” at 6:30 p.m. March 25 in Milano Ballroom.

This event is free and open to the public.

From Vikings and African queens to cross-dressing military doctors and World War II Russian fighter pilots, “Women Warriors” reclaims lost stories of women for whom battle was not a metaphor, debunking the pervasive claim that women do not, and should not, fight.

When Toler told people she was working on a book about women warriors, almost everyone said, “You mean like Joan of Arc?” The short answer is, “Not always.” Beginning with the oldest known women warriors (from the second millennium B.C.), Toler will share stories about fascinating women you've never heard of, introduce you to women warriors who turned out to be more important than she expected and debunk the myth that women have not, and therefore cannot, be warriors. 

Armed with a doctorate in history, a well-thumbed deck of library cards, and a large bump of curiosity, author, speaker and historian, Toler translates history for a popular audience. She goes beyond the familiar boundaries of American history to tell stories from other parts of the world and history from the other side of the battlefield, the gender line or the color bar. Toler has authored eight books of popular history for children and adults, including “Women Warriors:  An Unexpected History.” Her work has appeared in Aramco World, Calliope, History Channel Magazine, MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History, The Washington Post and 

The Sullivan Museum and History Center, Vermont’s only Smithsonian Affiliate, features permanent exhibitions and changing exhibitions. The museum is free and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday during the academic year.

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