In honor of the many protests scheduled around the NATO summit here in Chicago this weekend, we thought we’d highlight a few selections from the extensive collection of cause buttons in the Busy Beaver Button Museum archives.
1. A Woman’s Place is in the World – 1970s women’s movement button, probably in support of the Equal Rights Amendment. Slogan also available in vintage cross-stitch format.
2. The Moral Majority is Neither – 1981 button cleverly protesting Jerry Falwell’s evangelical Moral Majority movement.
3. Get in the Swim, Stop Pollution – From the State of New York Conservation Department, this 1940s button was one of the first known usages of the term pollution.
4. Save Me – Anti-deforestation button, probably from the 1980s. Look closely— the word “save” is written in snakes!
5. Women’s Movement Fist – 1970s women’s movement button featuring the female symbol/fist icon first designed by Robin Morgan.
6. Constitutional Money, No Inflation – Probably from the 1970s. Explaining constitutional money can be a little confusing— something to do with coin money being real and paper money being unconstitutional? If you want to learn more for yourself, this might help.