Elizabeth Cobbs: Fearless Women: Feminist Patriots from Abigail Adams to Beyoncé

Elizabeth Cobbs event promo graphic. Includes author headshot, event date (3/21), & (Fearless Women: Feminist Patriots from Abigail Adams to Beyoncé) cover.
Tuesday, March 21, 2023 - 7:00pm
603 N. Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703
Fearless Women: Feminist Patriots from Abigail Adams to Beyoncé By Elizabeth Cobbs Cover Image
ISBN: 9780674258488
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Belknap Press - March 7th, 2023

BookPeople welcomes Elizabeth Cobbs in conversation with Martha Cotera to celebrate the release of Fearless Women: Feminist Patriots from Abigail Adams to Beyoncé. The event will include a moderated discussion, a reading, an audience Q&A, and a signing line.


  • This event is free and open to the public.
    • Start time: 7 PM
    • Run time: 45-60 minutes, followed by a signing line.
    • Location: The Second Floor of BookPeople.
  • The author will be signing copies of their book after the speaking portion of the event.
    • To get a book signed, a copy of the event book or an item of equal value must be purchased from BookPeople.


  • Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • There will not be a live stream or recording available.
  • BookPeople reserves the right to cancel or postpone this event if necessary.
  • If you have any other questions, please email us at online@bookpeople.com


This passionate and inspiring book by the New York Times bestselling author of The Hello Girls shows us that the quest for women’s rights is deeply entwined with the founding story of the United States.

When America became a nation, a woman had no legal existence beyond her husband. If he abused her, she couldn’t leave without abandoning her children. Abigail Adams tried to change this, reminding her husband John to “remember the ladies” when he wrote the Constitution. He simply laughed—and women have been fighting for their rights ever since.

Fearless Women tells the story of women who dared to take destiny into their own hands. They were feminists and antifeminists, activists and homemakers, victims of abuse and pathbreaking professionals. Inspired by the nation’s ideals and fueled by an unshakeable sense of right and wrong, they wouldn’t take no for an answer. In time, they carried the country with them.

The first right they won was the right to learn. Later, impassioned teachers like Angelina Grimké and Susan B. Anthony campaigned for the right to speak in public, lobby the government, and own property. Some were passionate abolitionists. Others fought just to protect their own children.

Many of these women devoted their lives to the cause—some are famous—but most pressed their demands far from the spotlight, insisting on their right to vote, sit on a jury, control the timing of their pregnancies, enjoy equal partnerships, or earn a living. At every step, they faced fierce opposition. Elizabeth Cobbs gives voice to fearless women on both sides of the aisle, most of whom considered themselves patriots. Rich and poor, from all backgrounds and regions, they show that the women’s movement has never been an exclusive club.


Elizabeth Cobbs (a.k.a. Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman) holds the Melbern Glasscock Chair in American History at Texas A&M University. A prizewinning historian, novelist, and documentary filmmaker, she is the author of The Hello Girls: America’s First Women Soldiers, American Umpire, The Hamilton Affair (a New York Times bestseller), and The Tubman Command.


Legendary Chicana feminist, archivist, and scholar Martha Cotera has been a trailblazer in Texas politics for more than half a century. She was a founder of the La Raza Unida Party in 1970, and has continued mobilizing voters and mentoring new leaders to the present. She serves on the board of Mexic Arte Museum in Austin, helped to establish the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, and currently spearheads the effort to build a museum of Mexican American and Latino material culture. The government of Mexico recognized her outstanding contributions with the international Othli Prize in 2019. Martha wrote the first history of Mexican women, Diosa y Hembra (Goddess and Female) in 1975, and in 1976 the first book on Mexican-American women’s rights (The Chicana Feminist). She is one of sixteen women in history featured by Elizabeth Cobbs in Fearless Women: Patriotic Feminists from Abigail Adams to Beyoncé.

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