Karen Nussbaum

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Karen Nussbaum (born April 25, 1950) is an American labor leader and founding director of Working America. Nussbaum was born in Chicago where her mother, Annette Brenner Nussbaum, was a publicist, and her father, Myron "Mike" Nussbaum, was an exterminator, actor, and director. Her parents were active in the anti-Vietnam movement and worked to bring speakers to their community of Highland Park in Chicago including Staughton Lynd.[citation needed] During this time, the family was also receiving hate mail from the local John Birch Society. She enrolled in the University of Chicago in 1968 but dropped out to move to Boston and work in the anti-Vietnam movement. In 1975, she earned a B.A. from Goddard College. While in Boston, she began working as a clerical worker at Harvard where she was exposed to inequalities in the workplace for female office workers.

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Karen Nussbaum
13th Director of the United States Women's Bureau
In office
Preceded byElsie Vartanian
Succeeded byIrasema Garza
Personal details
Born (1950-05-25) May 25, 1950 (age 73)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
SpouseIra Arlook
ChildrenJack Nussbaum

Gene Nussbaum

Eleanor Nussbaum
RelativesMike Nussbaum (father); Susan Nussbaum (sister) Annette Brenner Nussbaum (mother)
EducationGoddard College (BA)