Wendy L. Rouse

Wendy L. Rouse

Historian and Professor

Wendy L. Rouse is a historian who researches the history of gender and sexuality in the Progressive Era. Rouse is an associate professor of history at San Jose State University.


Queer Suffragists

This project uncovers the queer history of the women’s suffrage movement and explores how suffragists boldly defied the gender and sexual norms of the day.

Children of Chinatown

The Children of Chinatown reveals the untold stories of a pioneer generation of young Chinese Americans growing up during an era of exclusion and segregation.

Women’s Self-Defense

Her Own Hero examines the political and physical empowerment of women through the birth of a women’s self-defense movement in the early twentieth century.


January 19, 2021

12:00 PM PST

California Historical Society Sex and Suffrage

A virtual program on “Sex and Suffrage” with guest presenters Sherry L. Smith, Kimberly A. Hamlin, and Wendy Rouse.

March 4, 2021

7:00 PM EST

University of Rhode Island Legacy of Suffrage

“The Queer History of the Suffrage Movement,” a virtual lecture for the Long Rhode to the Vote, Suffrage Centennial Lecture Series.

March 10, 2021

7:00 PM EST

Connecticut Historical Society Museum & Library

“The Queer History of the Suffrage Movement,” a virtual talk on gender and sexuality in the women’s suffrage movement.