Queer Suffragists

Public Faces, Secret Lives: A Queer History of the Suffrage Movement

In this book, Wendy Rouse explores explores the important role of queerness and queer suffragists in the fight for the vote. The traditional narrative of women’s suffrage history sanitized the lives of queer suffragists contributing to the historical erasure of the queer history of the movement. Yet, it was often their very queerness that helped propel the movement forward. This book highlights the personal and professional alliances that queer suffragists built and the innovative strategies they developed to protect and preserve their most intimate relationships— relationships that were ultimately crucial to the success of the women’s suffrage movement.

Available now from NYU Press


June 17, 2021

Alice Paul Institute

“The Very Queer History of the Suffrage Movement,” a virtual talk for the suffrage centennial.

April 28, 2021

UC Davis History Project

“Teaching the Queer History of the Suffrage Movement,” a virtual workshop for history educators to teaching LGBTQ history.

March 10, 2021

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.

March 4, 2021

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.

January 19, 2021

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.

August 21, 2020

Arizona Women Lawyer’s Association

“100 Years in the Making.” From the 19th Amendment Women’s Right to Vote to the 28th Amendment for Equal Rights.” Webinar.

April 22, 2020

National Women’s History Alliance

“The Queer History of the Women’s Suffrage Movement.” National Women’s History Alliance. Webinar.

March 19, 2020

UC Davis Library and Friends of Yolo County Archives

“Queering the Suffrage Movement.” Battle for the Ballot: A Speaker Series to Celebrate 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage.


Blog Posts

“The Very Queer History of the Women’s Suffrage Movement.” Women’s Vote Centennial 2020. National Park Service.

The Very Queer History of the Women’s Suffrage Movement. Ms. Magazine. July 22, 2020.

Journal Articles

“‘Hurrah for Woman Suffrage!’ Young Suffragists and the Campaign for the Vote. Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth 13, no. 3 (Winter 2021), 133-158.

“Gender, Sexuality and Love Between Women in California’s Suffrage Campaign.” California History 97, no. 4 (Fall 2020), 144-150.


Documentary Video. Discovering New York Suffrage Stories: Queer Suffragists. Tilke Hill. Buffalo & Toronto Public Media, PBS & NPR, February 8, 2021.

Television Interview. Queering the History of the Suffrage Movement. CTV News Canada. September 1, 2020. 

Newspaper Interview. Maya Salam. How Queer Women Powered the Suffrage MovementNew York Times. August 19, 2020.

Magazine Interview. Sarah D. Collins. The Queer Suffragists Who Fought for Women’s Right to VoteThem. August 14, 2020. 


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