Maine, Political Buttons
1. A WOMAN’S PLACE IS IN HER UNION
Rejecting the cult of domesticity as women’s moral and social sphere of influence, this slogan re-interprets the sexist logic that states, “woman’s place is in her home,” by locating a union as a woman’s place of work and influence.
2. ONE MILLION WOMEN FOR CAROL MOSELEY BRAUN FOR U.S. SENATE
Carol Elizabeth Moseley Braun is an American politician who stood for Illinois in the United States Senate from 1932 to 1999. She was the first African American woman elected to the United States Senate and, for a time, she was on the billing for the Democratic Party nomination in the 2004 U.S. presidential election. This button bespeaks the mobilization of women voters for women candidates.
3. VOTE DEMOCRATIC IN ’78 ELECT WOMEN
This button equates the Democratic Party (and democracy in general) with women and women’s political work.
4. CATALYST FOR CHANGE SHIRLEY CHISHOLM FOR PRESIDENT
Shirley Chisholm (1924-2005) was an American politician, educator and author. She became the first African American woman elected to Congress. She was known for her work in education, as well as her support of women in politics, along with her strong opposition to the Vietnam War and weapons development. In 1972, she put African American issues in the national spotlight through her brief candidacy for President of the United States.
5. WOMAN’S PLACE IS EVERY PLACE
This gender equality slogan re-interprets the sexist logic that states, “woman’s place is in her home” by positing women’s movement and work as unrestricted and open.
6. ANOTHER MAN AGAINST VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
A number of pro-feminist men are involved in political activism, most often in the areas of women's rights and violence against women. Pro-feminism refers to support of the cause of feminism without implying that the supporter is a member of the feminist movement. The term is most often used in reference to men who are actively supportive of feminism and of efforts to bring about gender equality.
7. GOD CREATED WOMAN IN HER OWN IMAGE
A feminist re-interpretation of the sexist biblical logic that states that “God made man in his own image.” In fact, according to this slogan, women are independent, self-inspired and self-made.
8. AARON LEVINE THE RIGHT MAN FOR THE JOB…IN 74
Levine was a political candidate. This slogan interprets a successful candidacy along gendered lines: that is, political candidates are assumed to be male.
9. Marcotte Your Guy For Congress
Congressional hopeful. An example of gendered politics, this button implies a chummy link between the voter and voting for male candidates.
10. JANE WYMAN WAS RIGHT
This anti-Reagan button, a reference to Wyman's divorce of Ronald Reagan prior to his political career, implies that Reagan is an unsuitable match for both Wyman and, more broadly, for American voters.
11. UNITED NATIONS 1975 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S YEAR
After the UN declaration of the 1975 Women’s Year, the UN created the Convention on the “Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women” (CEDAW), which states that the elimination of discrimination against women and the promotion of equality between men and women are major goals of the United Nations.