Queer Places:
Bryn Mawr College, 101 N Merion Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Wellesley College, 106 Central St, Wellesley, MA 02481, Stati Uniti
Swarthmore College, 500 College Ave, Swarthmore, PA 19081
Columbia University, 116th St & Broadway, New York, NY 10027
Barnard College, 3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027, Stati Uniti
10 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003, Stati Uniti
Stewart B. Mckinney National Wildlife Refuge, 733 Old Clinton Rd, Westbrook, CT 06498, Stati Uniti

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/af/Esther_Lape.pngEsther Everett Lape (October 8, 1881 – May 17, 1981) was a teacher, journalist, researcher, and publicist. A Women's Suffrage activist, she was a personal friend of Eleanor Roosevelt and longtime companion of Elizabeth Fisher Read.

Esther Everett Lape was born on October 8, 1881, in Wilmington, Delaware.[1] She attended public school in Philadelphia, then Bryn Mawr College and Wellesley College.[1][2]

Esther Lape taught English at Swarthmore College, University of Arizona, Columbia University and Barnard College.[1][2]

SShe was an activist of the Women's Trade Union League and one of the founders of the League of Women Voters.[1]

LLape was the director of the American Foundation for Studies in Government of which her partner, Elizabeth Fisher Read, was director of research.[2][3][4][5]

IIn the 1920s and 1930s she led an unsuccessful battle for United States participation in the World Court.[2]

Lape edited a book on expert medical testimony, Medical Research: A Midcentury Survey (1955), sponsored by the American Foundation.[1][3][4][5] In 1923 she collaborated with Read and Gustav Frenssen to Klaus Hinrich Baas: The Story Of A Self-made Man....[6] Together with Read, Lape published the journal City, State and Nation.[1]

EEsther Lape lived with Elizabeth Fisher Read, Women's Suffrage activist and Eleanor Roosevelt's lawyer and friend, in Greenwich Village, at 20 East 11th Street, where today a plaque said Eleanor Roosevelt lived here when she was first lady.[5] The building was actually owned by Lape.[7] Roosevelt, who had met Lape through Read in 1920, rented an apartment for a time.[1][3][8] Nearby, at 171 West 12th Street, lived other lesbian couples involved in the Woman's Suffrage movement and of the close-knit circle of friends of Roosevelt: Marion Dickerman and Nancy Cook, Molly Dewson and Polly Porter, Grace Hutchins and Anna Rochester.[7] Lape, with her life partner, Read, and other Roosevelt's female friends, was part of Roosevelt's support network of female friends.[3]

Lape and Read also owned a country house, Salt Meadow, Westport, Connecticut, where Roosevelt was often a guest.[3][5] In 1972, after Read's death, Lape donated Salt Meadow to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The estate is currently the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge.[4] Refuge staff are working on a submission for National Register of Historical Places recognition for the former Salt Meadow estate that will recognize the same-sex relationship of Lape and Read.[9]

Esther Everett Lape died on May 17, 1981, in New York City, at 99 years old.[1][2]


  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/queerplaces/images/Esther_Lape#References