Sun, Mar 12|
Birch Tree Bookstore
Queer Lit Book Club - March
The Queer Lit Book Club is a great place for bookworms and reading novices alike! Share your experience with the latest LGBTQ+ novel, grab a copy, and make some friends....
Time & Location
Mar 12, 3:00 PM
Birch Tree Bookstore, 11 W Market St, Leesburg, VA 20176, USA
About the event
Join us for our monthly meeting of the Queer Lit Book Club!
This month, we’re reading the Public Faces Secret Lives: A Queer History of the Women’s Suffrage Movement by Wendy L. Rouse
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 recenter queer figures in the women's suffrage movement, highlighting their immense contributions as well as their numerous sacrifices.