Haleigh Marcello

History Ph.D. student

Picture of Orange County LGBT activists marching with signs reading "UNDER ATTACK FIGHT BACK ORANGE COUNTY COME OUT"

Since the summer of 2019, I have been examining the LGBT rights movement in Orange County, California during the 1980s. I am currently writing my dissertation on this topic, and have founded the Orange County LGBT History Project to foster community participation, outreach, and education efforts with this research.

I am part of a research group creating a digital humanities project on the 1977 National Women's Conference. The project will include biographies of all of the delegates, as well as summaries of key issues that were spoken about at the conference. Alongside Dr. Judy Wu and fellow graduate student Stephanie Narrow, I am co-authoring an article for California History on California women's participation in the conference, as well as a document project for Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000.

Image of two women on horseback. One woman's jacket reads "Okhahoma or Bust!" Above the women, text reads: "On Our Asses 'Til the E.R.A. Passes."

This document project was published in the March 2021 issue of Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000. Through an introduction and a collection of primary source materials, it implores readers to ask: were California NOW chapters ahead of national NOW on lesbian rights activism?

A photograph of California suffragists, with Lillian Cash Hough in the center.

Biographical Sketches of Suffragists Lillian Cash Hough and Sarah Wilde Houser

I authored biographical sketches of California suffragists Lillian Cash Hough and Sarah Wilde Houser for the Online Biographical Dictionary of Militant Woman Suffragists, 1913-1920.