Introduction

Female Representations in Political Pins & Collectables 1976-2016 Exhibit Banner

The Bernard L. Karr Political Pinback Button Collection in the Brown Popular Culture Library has over 1200 buttons that spans 40 years from 1976 to 2016 covering a wide range of presidential campaigns, including every major Republican and Democratic presidential candidate from Jimmy Carter to Donald Trump. Together with other collections, this exhibit cover 52 years of presidential campaigns.


The representation of women takes many forms in political campaigns. The major themes covered here include representations of First Ladies, FLOTUS Hopefuls, First Families, Women Political Candidates, and Appeals for the Female vote.

This digital exhibit was prepared for the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution giving women the right to vote (1920) and features 120 buttons and collectables over 38 slides.

About the donor: Bernard L. Karr is an Estate Lawyer in Cleveland, Ohio, an alumni of Bowling Green State University, and a board member at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.