Episode 20: Romantic Friendship and Queer Marriage in Science
Hosts: Anna Reser, Leila McNeill, and Rebecca Ortenberg
Guest: Kathleen Sheppard
Producer: Leila McNeill
Music: Careful! by Zombie Dandies
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To celebrate Pride Month, the hosts honor queer women in the history of science. In telling the story of physicians Elizabeth Cushier and Emily Blackwell, the hosts explore how queer women were able to build marriages and families together before romantic friendship between women became taboo in the 20th century. Kathleen Sheppard then joins in to talk about the queer relationship between archaeologists Maggie Benson and Nettie Gourlay and how their relationship was integral to both their personal and professional lives.
Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in 20th Century America by Lillian Faderman
To Believe in Women: What Lesbians Have Done For America by Lillian Faderman
New York’s First “Lady Doctor” by Leo Trachtenberg
Between Women: Friendship, Desire, and Marriage in Victorian England by Sharon Marcus
Intimate Friends: Women Who Loved Women, 1778-1928 by Martha Vicinus
Transcript coming soon.
Image credit: The Travelling Companions by Augustus Egg, 1862. Wikimedia Commons via Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery | Public Domain