Marie Equi: Radical Politics and Outlaw Passions
Talk by author Michael Helquist
Friday, March 18, 2016, 3 p.m., Knight Library Browsing Room
Author Michael Helquist
Michael Helquist, author of Marie Equi: Radical Politics & Outlaw Passions (OSU Press, 2016), ALA 2016 Stonewall Honor Book for Non-Fiction, will give a book talk about one of Oregon’s first woman physicians--a leading suffragist, anarchist, and crusader for peace, economic justice, and LGBT rights.
From the OSU Press:
“Born of Italian-Irish parents in 1872, Marie Equi endured childhood labor in a gritty Massachusetts textile mill before fleeing to an Oregon homestead with her first longtime woman companion, who described her as impulsive, earnest, and kind-hearted. These traits, along with courage, stubborn resolve, and a passion for justice, propelled Equi through an unparalleled life journey.
Equi self-studied her way into a San Francisco medical school and then obtained her license in Portland to become one of the first practicing woman physicians in the Pacific Northwest. From Pendleton, Portland, Seattle and beyond to Boston and San Francisco, she leveraged her professional status to fight for woman suffrage, labor rights, and reproductive freedom. She mounted soapboxes, fought with police, and spent a night in jail with birth control advocate Margaret Sanger. Equi marched so often with unemployed men that the media referred to them as her army. She battled for economic justice at every turn and protested the U.S. entry into World War I, leading to a conviction for sedition and a three-year sentence in San Quentin. Breaking boundaries in all facets of life, she became the first well-known lesbian in Oregon, and her same-sex affairs figured prominently in a U.S. Supreme Court case.”
Light refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public, this event is co-sponsored by the UO Libraries and the Department of History.