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"Helquist sets out primarily to recover the notorious yet elusive Dr. Marie Equi and he succeeds, but he may have redefined our basic understanding of her as well. This biography deserves wide readership and much debate."

Adam J. Hodges, Oregon Historical Quarterly

"Michael Helquist has written a biography of a remarkable woman that every feminist should be familiar with. The book . . . is well researched and provides valuable information about the activists and the politics of the early 20th century."

Old Lesbians Organizing for Change

"Author and historian Michael Helquist skillfully outlines the fierce tenacity and incredible courage Equi exemplifies throughout her life, giving equal attention to her passion for medicine, her lesbian lifestyle and her unwavering commitment to activism. Helquist's tribute to this historical figure is nothing short of brilliant."

Amy Schneider, Eugene Weekly

"Enhanced with extensive notes and an index, Marie Equi vividly portrays the adventurous life of an extraordinary woman. Highly recommended, especially for public and college library Biography and LGBT Studies shelves."

Midwest Book Review

"... It is only with the publication of Michael Helquist's new biography that a giant step has at last been taken towards remedying the neglect of this remarkable woman and fighter for socialism."

John Newsinger, International Socialism

"[Marie] Equi was a complex person who challenged social norms in a variety of ways. One of the few licensed women physicians in Oregon, she lived openly as a lesbian, provided abortion services for women of all classes, supported strikers as a member of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), fought for woman suffrage as a member of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAW-SA), and opposed the war as a member of the American Union Against Militarism. [Michael] Helquist's account holds all these aspects of her life in balance in an engaging narrative that gives equal weight to her personal, professional, and political life."

Carole R. McCann, Pacific Historical Review

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