Sara Evans is Regents Professor and Distinguished McKnight University Professor of History Emerita at the University of Minnesota. Her research has focused on the history of American feminism as a social movement and its relationship to a variety of related movements for equal rights. Since the mid-1960s she has been engaged with the Civil Rights, anti-war, and feminist movements and her scholarship has been inspired by questions posed by those movements. Her books include Personal Politics: The Roots of Women’s Liberation in the Civil Rights Movement and the New Left, Free Spaces: Sources of Democratic Change in America (with Harry Boyte), Born for Liberty: A History of Women in America, Wage Justice: Comparable Worth and the Paradox of Technocratic Change (with Barbara J. Nelson), and Tidal Wave: How Women Changed America at Century’s End. She has served in editorial positions with Feminist Studies and the Journal of American History; and has received grants from the ACLS, the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences, the Kellogg Foundation and the Bush Foundation.
Her collected papers are held by the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History & Culture in Duke University's Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.