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Susan Koen in a lesbian women who has participated in many political and feminist movements throughout her lifetime. She was raised in New Orleans, but moved around a lot during her life, giving her a vast array of life experiences. She participated in the Anti-Nuclear Movement of the 70s and co-wrote a book called Ain't Nowhere We Can Run: A Handbook for Women on the Nuclear Mentality. In addition to this, she has studied and participated in a number of feminist collectives, including the Off Our Backs newspaper, the Women's Pentagon Action, and the Maine Won't Discriminate campaign. Koen wrote her dissertation on the organizational aspects of feminist workplaces, where she studied the New Hamsphire Feminist Health Center, Bloodroot: A Restaurant and Bookstore, and the Off Our Backs newspaper. Koen has a marked interest in music, has attended multiple different feminist music festivals, and loves Sweet Honey in the Rock, an African-American feminist musical group.


Please cite as: Querying the Past: LGBTQ Maine Oral History Project Collection, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer+ Collection, Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine, University of Southern Maine Libraries.

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Portland. Maine


Susan Koen, LGBT, lesbian, coming out, parental rejection, political activism, anti-nuclear movement, Holly Near, Women's Pentagon Action, LGBT Marches on Washington, Off Our Backs, feminist workplaces, Maine Won't Discriminate campaign, P-FLAG, Women's Music Festival, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Sisterfire Festival, anti-racist activist, NYC Women's Art Collective, Meg Christiansen, organizational psychology, dissertation, women's studies, Bloodroot: A Restaurant and Bookstore, New Hampshire Feminist Health Center, marriage


History of Gender | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies | Oral History | Women's Studies

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