This collection consists of women’s rights buttons (1952-2000) and political buttons collected by feminist activist and historian,
Karen Offen. The collection includes buttons that support women’s political campaigns, including Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential
campaign and Barbara Boxer's senate campaign in the 1990s. Other themes include the commemoration of Women’s History Month,
feminism, union activism, the Equal Rights Amendment, and a 1952 button supporting Dwight D. Eisenhower's presidential campaign.
Karen Offen received her Ph.D. from Stanford University and she is an independent historian and scholar, affiliated with thee
Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University. Her area of expertise is on the history of Modern
Europe and specifically France and its global influences; Western thought and politics in relationship to family, gender,
the status of women, historiography, women’s history, national, regional, global histories of feminism, and comparative history.
She has published extensively in these areas and is editor of “Globalizing Feminisms, 1789-1945 (Routledge, 2010).
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