Sandra Butler

Who is Sandra Butler?

I am an old white woman. There have been times this sentence would have identified me as a feminist, or a Jew, an anti-racist activist or a middle-class mother with middle-aged daughters, a lesbian partner becoming a widow, or any of the shifting central identities I’ve inhabited over the past 83 years.

This site is a collection of what I’ve written over the years allowing a sense of who and where I’ve been and the concerns that have drawn my personal and political attention.

I’ve written three books with a fourth on its way. There have been years of teaching, organizing, activism and, of course, endless meetings. My new book, Dancing in My Chair: Claiming Old Ladyhood is a collection of personal essays about life in the slow lane.