Artists Jessie Willcox Smith, Elizabeth Shippen Green, and Violet Oakley captivated early-twentieth-century Philadelphia with their brilliant careers and uncommon lifestyle. Nicknamed “The Red Rose Girls” by their mentor, illustrator Howard Pyle, they rented the Red Rose Inn on the city’s Main Line and set up an unconventional household. Joined by their friend Henrietta Cozens, the women forged an intense emotional bond and made a pact to live together forever. Author Alice A. Carter will recount the story of the Red Rose Girls against the backdrop of late-Victorian mores and the emerging women’s rights movement. At a time when professional and intimate relationships between women were little understood or publicly acknowledged, the Red Rose Girls forged extraordinary lives on their own terms.
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