Karen Offen (PhD, Stanford University) is a historian and independent scholar affiliated as a Senior Scholar with the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University in California. She is a co-founder (in 1987) of the International Federation for Research in Women’s History (IFRWH/FIRHF) and served as Secretary-Treasurer until 1995. From 1987 to 1995 she also served as Chair of the Committee on International Historical Affairs for the American Historical Association and as one of two US delegates to the General Assemblies of the International Committee for the Historical Sciences (ICHS/CISH). She continued her participation in the congresses of the ICHS/CISH and in 2010 was elected to the Bureau (executive board) for the 2010-2015 term. She then served on the Program Committee for the 2015 ICHS/CISH congress in China, where she helped place women’s and gender history in the spotlight. Her recent books include Globalizing Feminisms, 1789-1945, London-New York, Routledge, 2010; Les Féminismes en Europe, 1700-1950, Rennes, PUR, 2012; The Woman Question in France, 1400-1870, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2017; Debating the Woman Question in the French Third Republic, 1870-1920, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2018.