Pharr Suzanne Womens Movement 1

Suzanne Pharr has participated in social justice movements most of her adult life. Born in 1939, Pharr grew up in Hog Mountain, Georgia. In 1961 she received her Bachelor of Arts from the Women’s College of Georgia in Milledgeville, Georgia. She went on to graduate school, earning her Master of Arts in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo and continued doctoral studies at Tulane University. She founded the Arkansas Women’s Project in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1981, serving as director from 1981 to 1988. In 1999 she became the first female director of the Highlander Research and Education Center, a position she held until 2004. She has published several books on topics including feminism, heterosexism, and the New Right. In this interview she discusses her intersections with social justice movements throughout the second half of the twentieth century. She also describes growing up as a lesbian in the South and how she eventually came out and became part of a lesbian feminist movement. See also