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Sundays@Home: In Conversation with Author Wendy L. Rouse

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Join the NWHM and Dr. Bonnie J. Morris in conversation with Wendy L. Rouse, author of Public Faces, Secret Lives!

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Join the NWHM and Dr. Bonnie J. Morris in conversation with historian Wendy L. Rouse, author of Public Faces, Secret Lives: A Queer History of the Women's Suffrage Movement on Sunday, June 5th at 3:00pm EST.

From our friends at Women and Children First Bookstore:

Restores queer suffragists to their rightful place in the history of the struggle for women's right to vote.

The women's suffrage movement, much like many other civil rights movements, has an important and often unrecognized queer history. In Public Faces, Secret Lives Wendy L. Rouse reveals that, contrary to popular belief, the suffrage movement included a variety of individuals who represented a range of genders and sexualities. However, owing to the constant pressure to present a "respectable" public image, suffrage leaders publicly conformed to gendered views of ideal womanhood in order to make women's suffrage more palatable to the public.

Rouse argues that queer suffragists did take meaningful action to assert their identities and legacies by challenging traditional concepts of domesticity, family, space, and death in both subtly subversive and radically transformative ways. Queer suffragists also built lasting alliances and developed innovative strategies in order to protect their most intimate relationships, ones that were ultimately crucial to the success of the suffrage movement. Public Faces, Secret Lives is the first work to truly re-center queer figures in the women's suffrage movement, highlighting their immense contributions as well as their numerous sacrifices.

Order the book in advance of the event here: https://www.womenandchildrenfirst.com/book/9781479813940.

The National Women’s History Museum strives to provide programs that are accessible to all visitors. For questions, or to request accommodations such as an ASL interpreter or captioning, please email history@womenshistory.org at least 7 days in advance of the program.

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