Susan Goodier gives talk at Alice Paul Institute

Last week Susan Goodier, lecturer, History Department, traveled to the Alice Paul Institute in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey to speak during its annual Alice Paul Birthday Bash celebration. Her talk, “Sex and the Suffrage Movement” focused on three aspects of sexuality as it relates to the women’s suffrage movement. It looked at fears of gender disruption during the nineteenth century; it addressed the increasing sexiness of the “New Woman” suffragist; and finally, it suggests that part of the reason for anti-suffrage hostility stemmed from homophobia, the fact that so many suffrage activists had long-standing live-in relationships with other women. About 50 people attended the talk, asked interesting questions, and ate a slice of birthday cake afterwards. This event was generously supported by a grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission.