Susan Goodier, Lecturer in the History Department, recently presented a talk, “Sex and the Suffrage Movement: What Does Sex Have to Do Voting?” at Cazenovia College for its Annual Washburn Distinguished Lecture Series. The presentation focused on three aspects of sexuality as it relates to the women’s suffrage movement: fears of gender disruption in the 19th century; the increasing sexiness of “New Woman” suffragists at the turn of the 20th; and finally, suggests that some anti-suffrage hostility stemmed from homophobia, since so many suffrage activists had long-standing live-in relationships with other women. She had a large and interested audience of students, faculty, and members of the Cazenovia community.
The Annual Washburn Distinguished Lecture Series, created by Professor Emerita Margery A. Pinet to honor the memory of her parents, the Rev. Gordon H. and Mrs. Dorothy M. Washburn, highlights notable persons speaking on topics of broad interest.