Suzanne Cloke


As Interviewed by Ransom Cloke, March 23, 2012
"When I first came here, they said, "Are you ready for the 8th of March?...It is Woman’s’ day, it is the night all the women can go out!" And I just about started laughing; I thought you can go out any time."
Suzanne Cloke

Introductory Profile: About Suzanne Cloke

My interviewee was my aunt Suzann. I interviewed her because she is a feminist and has been discriminated for that. She is also my aunt. I interviewed her even though she lives in Italy. She is far away but I used Skype and got the info I needed.

My aunt is 56 years old and was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. She is the middle child with an older brother and a younger sister. She was raised Episcopalian. Her mother was a very devoted Episcopalian and was a housewife. Her father was a soldier in World War 2. He was blinded in 1 eye during the war. Her mother died in 2004 from brain cancer. Her father died of stomach and liver cancer.

My aunt Suzann is a teacher for English as a second language at the University of Panama. She lives in Italy with her husband Lucho and son Giovanni.

Her brother (my grandfather) became a cop at age 20. He later became a D.E.A. agent. He was diagnosed with liver cancer and was only expected to live another three months. Instead of three months, he lived for another 18 years. He had two children. Erin Cloke, my mom and Sarah Cloke. In 2004 he was diagnosed with bone cancer and died in 2005 at the age of 61. He died the day after his birthday.

My aunt’s sister is Christie Cloke. She is a full-blown activist and lives in a yurt in forks, Washington. She is a talented singer/song writer and painter. She has 4 children. Lillian, Wilson, Bliss and Emma. Bliss was diagnosed with leukemia when she was 3 years old.

My aunt Suzann has a wonderful family and is a powerful person. Even thought her mother was very UN feministic, she decided for herself that she wanted to be a feminist.