Butler, Betsy

Former California State Assembly member





An oral history with Betsy Butler, a California native and politician dedicated to public service. This interview was conducted for the Women, Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage Oral History Project for California State University, Fullerton. The purpose of this interview was to gather information regarding Butler’s involvement in public service and politics. Specifically, this interview details her youthful experience, growing up in a politically conscious family; her education at San Diego State University and the mentorship she received that led her to her current career; personal experiences with sexism in politics; working with the California League of Conservation Voters; her campaign and election to the California State Assembly; serving as President Clinton’s appointee to the International Trade Administration; legislation that Butler passed, which addressed the needs of veterans, the environment, and seniors; her thoughts on feminism, the importance of women empowering women, and the current state of politics in the United States.


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Description> Betsy Butler, 2016.
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Description> Betsy Butler with interviewer, Scherly Virgill, 2016.