ON EQUAL TERMS: gender & solidarity

Topic Areas: Special Events

August 25, 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
CEW, 330 E. Liberty Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

This is a FREE lunch time brown bag session, so please feel free to bring your lunch! Light refreshments will also be provided.

Susan Eisenberg, 2016 Twink Frey Visiting Social Activist, returns to Ann Arbor to share her virtual exhibit titled On Equal Terms: Gender and Solidarity.

Her multimedia work chronicles the experiences of women working in trade and union positions and how they navigate sexism and discrimination in male-dominated workplaces. Featured in her virtual exhibit will include a 6 minute video of Stella, a life-sized composite figure of women working on a ladder. Her (Stella) work uniform is decorated by actual statements from women's harassment while on the job site. Susan's virtual exhibit will fully launch April 8, 2018 during the 40th anniversary of the federal affirmative action guidelines that opened construction jobs to women.

In addition to her work On Equal Terms, Susan has published poetry including Stanley's Girl and the 20th anniversary edition of We'll Call You If We Need You: Experiences of Women Working Construction (published through Cornell University Press).

For additional information about this exhibit, please visit Susan Eisenberg's website. 

View Susan Eisenberg reading "Power" from her book Stanley's Girl (Cornel 2018) at Rivet: An Exhibition on Women in the Trades, June 22, 2017.

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ON EQUAL TERMS: gender & solidarity will be a web-based exhibition using art, historic documents, research, andpersonal testimonies about the construction industry to explore the persistence of gender-based occupational segregation. The interactive public website will fully launch April 7, 2018, the 40th anniversary of the 1978 federal affirmative action guidelines that opened construction jobs and apprenticeships to women. ON EQUAL TERMS—VIRTUAL will particularly target labor audiences, and be designed for use by vocational-technical, pre-apprenticeship, and apprenticeship classes; foremen and steward trainings; unions; and grassroots organizations. More than five decades after Title VII of the Civil Rights Act outlawed employment discrimination, and despite efforts by women in skilled trades jobs, and federal guidelines designed to bring their workforce representation to 25%, women remain only 2.5% of the construction industry workforce. ON EQUAL TERMS: gender & solidarity will examine this discrepancy between legal reality and lived reality, to catalyze discussion about how traditional concepts of “men’s work” and “women’s work” can remain embedded in workplace policies, practices, and culture. It will engage workers, union, employers, and policymakers to reframe issues of inclusion, encouraging viewers to conceptualize what it means for a workplace to treat everyone “on equal terms”. ON EQUAL TERMS will be an independently-hosted, easy-to-navigate, website, with a landing page and twelve unique rooms. While it builds on a successful 900-square-foot mixed-media art installation that evolved as it toured, the web-based exhibition is not a documentation project. It will be a fully re-imagined, re-curated, updated, and re-interpreted translation of the physical installation for a web-based format, that matches the physical installation’s visceral impact, while greatly expanding its audience, impact, and depth of content. ON EQUAL TERMS: gender & solidarity will have a Landing Page and 12 Rooms. Viewers can navigate from the Landing Page via a Menu, from “yard sign” icons, or by pressing Enter.



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