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Dr. Marie Equi: Medical Doctor, Abortionist, Feminist, Lesbian, Anarchist, Labor and Prison Activist

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A Massachusetts native, Dr. Marie Equi was born into an Italian and Irish home. She spent much of her early life in Italy. As a 21-year-old, she moved with her “Boston Marriage” wife, Bess Holcomb, to The Dalles, Oregon, in 1893.

Bess had been offered work there as a teacher. According to subsequent newspaper accounts, Holcomb’s employer, Reverend Orson D.

Taylor, refused to  pay the promised $100 salary. In a heated and loud confrontation, Marie threatened to publicly beat him with a horse whip.

And she carried out her threat! Regrettably, Bess didn’t receive the promised $100, but the community very much supported this action, and so the whip was raffled off.

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