REVOLUTIONARY WOMAN OF THE DAY: Marie Equi (April 7, 1872-July 13, 1952). Marie Equi was an anarchist, advocate for the women’s suffrage movement, an illicit abortion provider, union activist, and an open lesbian.
Equi was one of the first women to graduate with an M.D, and soon after set up a practice to specifically serve working-class women and their children. She was part of a group of physicians who provided abortions and education around birth control.
She stood with the women Cherry Sorters on strike in 1913, joined the American Union Against Militarism in 1916, and served prison time for alleged sedition after a fiery anti-war speech she delivered in 1918 at an Industrial Workers of the World conference.
“I’m going to speak when and where I wish. No man is going to stop me.” – Marie Equi
Equi is a pioneer of women’s reproductive rights.
Know your revolutionary women’s history.