Michael Helquist talks about his book, "Marie Equi: Radical Politics and Outlaw Passions"


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Mon, 09/14/2015 - 11:30am to 12:00pm
Michael Helquist talks about his book, "Marie Equi: Radical Politics and Outlaw Passions"
We speak wtih writer Michael Helquist about his new biography Marie Equi: Radical Politics and Outlaw Passions, (Oregon State University Press), which explores the fiercely independent life of Marie Equi, who became one of the first practicing woman physicians in the Pacific Northwest. 

Marie Equi fought for women's 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.

Michael Helquist is an historian, journalist, and editor and has written for several publications, including the Oregon Historical Quarterly, the Journal of Homosexuality, the American Medical News, MS Magazine, The Advocate, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. He has edited four volumes on health communication, social marketing, and behavior change. He directed a global AIDS and health communication program and worked on campaigns for safe streets and alternative transportation, development of GLBT history archives, and community resilience and sustainability. Helquist is a Portland native, now living in San Francisco.
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