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LWV BWC Book Group Discusses Secrets of the Sprakkar

In the month of May we are reading "Secrets of the Sprakkar: Iceland’s Extraordinary Women and How They Are Changing the World,” by Eliza Reid (former First Lady of Iceland).  

Reid, born in Canada and married to the president of Iceland, is uniquely placed to observe the country which leads the world in gender equality, providing generous parenting leave, abundant childcare, and free prenatal services. Reid, who has four children and works as a freelance journalist in addition to her First Lady duties, celebrates the government policies that make all this family support possible. As she interviews women making a difference in her country, she speaks frankly about her own struggles with parenting and living a life of purpose in her husband’s shadow. Intercut within her chapters are profiles of sprakkar, an ancient Icelandic word for extraordinary or outstanding women. The portraits range from warrior women in the tenth century to modern women who rallied the nation and shattered glass ceilings. Reid doesn’t claim that Iceland is paradise. There is still work to be done for women of color, immigrants, and women with diverse sexual preferences. But the tiny country of Iceland should serve as an inspiration to the rest of the world. — Candace Smith

The book was selected by Betsy O'Donovan,  who will facilitate the discussion. Bring your ideas for books you would like to discuss in future months.

To register for this event, please Login or email Annette Holcomb at

Our meeting is open to any League member interested in exploring topics which relate to the League's mission and then sharing ideas in a small group discussion.

The League's book group meets on alternate months to discuss books with relevance to the League's interests. Books are selected & discussions facilitated by our members. Ask for our book group discount if you're shopping at Village Books 
Wednesday, May 31, 2023, 4:30 PM until 6:00 PM
Skylark Hidden Cafe--Covered & heated back patio
1308 11th Street
Bellingham, WA  98225
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Annette S Holcomb
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