March 04, 2011
By David Darlington
Karen Offen, a Life Member of the AHA, has been named Author of the Month for March by Routledge, the academic publishing imprint based in Great Britain. Offen is a senior scholar affiliated with the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University.
It’s fitting that Offen is being recognized in March, since it’s Women’s History Month, and her latest book is Globalizing Feminisms 1789–1945, which she edited to provide a comprehensive, comparative history of feminist movements around the world prior to 1945. In the introduction she writes, “This collection is intended to assist not only in stimulating further inquiry but also to ‘de-block’ memory. For in fact, the knowledge of feminism’s history during its period of globalizing is a precious legacy to younger generations—especially to today’s young people who presume to take women’s emancipation entirely for granted and resist the label ‘feminist’—until they encounter obstacles that block their paths to self-realization. ‘Amazing!’ they will say, as many of us once said, ‘Why didn’t I learn about that in school?’ This question is one we should all be asking, and insisting on answers.”
Offen’s writings can also be found at Clio Talks Back, a blog based at the International Museum of Women’s web site.