October 6 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join author Julie Satow for a discuss on latest book When Women Ran Fifth Avenue: Glamour and Power at the Dawn of American Fashion. After the presentation, the author will be available to sign books that will be available for purchase.

In When Women Ran Fifth Avenue: Glamour and Power at the Dawn of American Fashion (Doubleday | June 4, 2024), award-winning journalist and author of the widely acclaimed 2019 book, The Plaza, Julie Satow draws on her expert knowledge of New York City history and culture to whisk readers back to a bygone era of innovation and glitz. Satow chronicles the rise of the department store through dazzling portraits of three female powerhouses who broke barriers and created new and evolving possibilities for working women.

In the golden age of the American department store, every wish could be met under a single roof: one could take afternoon tea, browse the latest fashions, and even plan a wedding or funeral. From bustling big cities to Main Street, USA, women—shopper and shopgirl alike—found newfound opportunities for independence. Men may have owned the buildings, but inside, women ruled. Though the names of these iconic stores, from Bendel’s to Lord & Taylor, are infamous, the stories of the women who ran them have been largely lost to history—until now. 

About the author: A native New Yorker, Julie Satow is a regular contributor to the New York Times, and her work has also appeared on National Public Radio, Bloomberg Businessweek, Travel + Leisure, and elsewhere.

Cost Bartow-Pell Members: $20; Not-Yet Members: $30