Ward served 42 years on the faculty of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon as a Professor of Communication. She also co-founded and directed the Gender Studies Program and the Gender Studies Symposium on campus. She is the author of two highly regarded studies of West Coast women: Pacific Northwest Women, 1815-1925, Lives, Memories, and Writing” and Yours for Liberty, Selections from Abigail Scott Duniway’s Suffrage Newspaper. She retired in 2006.
From the review:
“Michael Helquist’s superb biography of Dr. Marie Equi (1872–1952) is a riveting page-turner that keeps on giving. This is the far-reaching story of a Pacific Northwest woman who fearlessly challenged conventions of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries—a woman who openly risked becoming an outcast because of her lesbianism and radical activism in pursuit of social and economic justice.
“Firmly grounded in Helquist’s rigorous and meticulous research, and seamlessly enriched by his attention to time and place, this long-awaited biography of Equi—the first—never disappoints. Undaunted by the loss of many of Equi’s personal papers after her death, Helquist located a wealth of information in oral histories, newspapers, and archives, including an extensive file compiled by the U.S. Department of Justice prior to Equi’s sedition trial and imprisonment in San Quentin State Prison. …
“Marie Equi is a must read for scholars and general readers alike. Moreover, it will hold an enduring place in collections for American studies and civil liberties, women’s history, radical history, gender and sexuality, LGBTQ studies, medical history, and the history of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. Do not miss this exceptionally fine book!”