Nancy Krieger is now a Professor of Social Epidemiology in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T. Chan School of Public Health. I am grateful for all the assistance she has provided and her ongoing enthusiasm for this project. That she agreed to read the manuscript and provide a book blurb with her name on the cover brings the study of Marie Equi’s life full circle.
Here’s what she wrote for MARIE EQUI:
Marie Equi, “stormy petrel” of the Pacific Northwest, has found her harbor in Helquist’s richly detailed and enthralling book. He vividly narrates how, a century ago, this passionate, keen, and caring woman dared to live openly as a lesbian and to fight fiercely for social justice, as a physician, suffragist, abortionist, Wobbly, anti-imperialist, and self-named “Queen of the Bolsheviks” – enjoy!
Note: Stormy petrels are small seabirds that, in earlier days, were thought to warm seamen of imminent storms. On one occasion the radical labor activist Elizabeth Gurley Flynn wrote of her stop in Portland, Oregon for a lecture, “Here I met a stormy petrel of the Northwest, Dr. Marie Equi.”