Jill Wine-Banks: The Watergate Girl (with Maya Wiley)
Wednesday February 26: 7:00PM – 8:00PM
Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the event. C-SPAN will be filming this event for an episode of Book TV.
It was a time, much like today, when Americans feared for the future of their democracy and women stood up for equal treatment. At the crossroads of the Watergate scandal and the women’s movement stood a young lawyer named Jill Wine Volner (as she was then known), barely thirty years old and the only woman on the team that prosecuted the highest-ranking White House officials. Called “the mini-skirted lawyer” by the press, she fought to receive the respect accorded her male counterparts—and prevailed.
In The Watergate Girl, Jill Wine-Banks takes us inside this troubled time in American history, and it is impossible to read about the crimes of Richard Nixon and the people around him without drawing parallels to today’s headlines. The book is also the story of a young woman who sought to make her professional mark while trapped in a failing marriage, buffeted by sexist preconceptions, and harboring secrets of her own. Her house was burgled, her phones were tapped, and even her office garbage was rifled through.
At once a cautionary tale and an inspiration for those who believe in the power of justice and the rule of law, The Watergate Girl is a revelation about our country, our politics, and who we are as a society.
Join us in the Rare Book Room for the story of The Watergate Girl with Jill Wine-Banks.
Jill Wine-Banks is an MSNBC legal analyst, appearing regularly on the network’s primetime and daytime shows. She began her career as an organized crime prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Justice, which led to her selection as one of three assistant Watergate special prosecutors in the obstruction of justice trial against President Nixon’s top aides. She has also served as general counsel of the U.S. Army, solicitor general and deputy attorney general of the state of Illinois, and chief operating officer of the American Bar Association. In each case, she was the first woman to hold the position. A graduate of the University of Illinois and the Columbia University School of Law, she lives in Chicago.
Maya Wiley is a nationally renowned expert on racial justice and equity. She has litigated, lobbied the U.S. Congress, and developed programs to transform structural racism in the U.S. and in South Africa. Ms. Wiley is currently A University Professor at the New School University, specializing in racial justice, urban & public policy and digital equity. She is also a Legal Analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. Prior to the New School she was Counsel to New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio and continues to be engaged in advisory boards for the City. In 2019 and 2018, Ms. Wiley was named one of the world’s top 100 leaders in Digital Government by Apolitical. In 2016, Good Housekeeping Magazine honored Ms. Wiley as one of its “50 over 50.” City and State Magazine named Ms. Wiley one of the 100 most powerful people in New York City in 2014 and in 2015.
Ms. Wiley holds a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and a B.A in psychology from Dartmouth College.