Spindel, Karen

Karen Spindel

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Oral History Session #1
October 3, 2019
Nazareth, PA
Kate Rizzi
Transcript Production Team:
Jesse Braddell
Zach Batista
Kate Rizzi
Karen Spindel
Recommended Citation:
Spindel, Karen. Oral History Interview, October 3, 2019, by Kate Rizzi, Page #, Rutgers Oral History Archives. Online: Insert URL (Last Accessed: Insert Date).
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Karen Spindel was born in 1947 in Newark, New Jersey. She and her family lived in Newark until Karen was four, and after her family moved, Karen grew up in Clifton and then in Passaic. From 1965-1969, Karen attended George Washington University and majored in mechanical engineering. She spent her career as an engineer, working for Robins Engineers and Constructors, Hewitt-Robins, Western Electric and AT&T. A life-long feminist, she joined the Passaic County Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) in 1972. She is a board member of the Veteran Feminists of America and has a profile in Feminists Who Changed America, edited by Barbara Love. Now retired, Karen lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

(Photo: Karen Spindel at International Women's Year March in New York City, 1977)