Jill Wine-Banks in Conversation With Christie Hefner: The Watergate Girl: My Fight for Truth and Justice Against a Criminal President

This event is hosted by the Evanston History Center.

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Obstruction of justice, lies from the White House, sexism at work, shocking revelations: Jill Wine-Banks takes us inside her trial by fire as a Watergate prosecutor.

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.

Jill Wine-Banks is an MSNBC legal analyst, appearing regularly on the network’s primetime and daytime shows and also appearing on PBS, Canadian and Australian networks, Sirius XM, NPR and other radio shows and podcasts. 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. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois and the Columbia Law School. She has written OpEds for the NBC.com, Chicago Tribune, Politico, and Huffington Post. She has also been featured in several documentaries and films, including Academy Award winner Charles Ferguson’s Watergate, or How We Got Control of an Out of Control President, Robert Redford’s All The President’s Men Revisited, ABC 20/20, and Michael Moore’s Farenheit 11/9.

Read more about Jill Wine-Banks.

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Christie Hefner served as Chairman and CEO of Playboy Enterprises for 20 years: the longest serving female CEO of a publicly traded company, and when she left over 40% of her executives were women.  She was on the Fortune 100 Most Powerful Women in the World list for three years.  She was a founding member of The Chicago Network, The Committee of 200 and the Chicago Chapter of Women Corporate Directors.  And, she serves as a director on the board of the Center for American Progress Action, an independent, progressive policy institute and advocacy organization.

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Event date: 
Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
1712 Sherman Avenue, Alley #1
Evanston, IL 60201
The Watergate Girl: My Fight for Truth and Justice Against a Criminal President Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250244321
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - February 25th, 2020