The Very Queer History of the Suffrage Movement

Thursday, June 17 at 6 PM EDT

Join the Alice Paul Institute for a program with Professor Wendy Rouse whose research explores the queer history of the suffrage movement. Rouse examines how the traditional narrative of women’s suffrage history ignores the role of queer suffragists in the movement. The sanitizing of the private lives and the creation of public personas has contributed to the historical erasure of the lives and loves of prominent queer suffragists. Her talk will explore how the suffrage movement changed the lives of queer suffragists and how queer suffragists changed the suffrage movement. Rouse will also discuss the implications of this new framework to our approach to understanding women’s suffrage history.

Wendy Rouse is an Associate Professor of History at San Jose State University whose scholarly research focuses on the LGBTQ history and especially on the history of women and youth in the United States during the Progressive Era. She works with future middle and high school teachers as the coordinator of the History and Social Science Teacher Preparation Program at SJSU. Rouse is the author of Her Own Hero: The Origins of the Women’s Self-Defense Movement and is currently writing her next book on the queer history of the suffrage movement.