Blood on the Sleeves: Art Exhibit


Project Statement

The exploitation of women's labor is a global issue. It is a problem that affects women no matter what part of the world they live in. In the United States, white women make 77 cents to a white man's dollar, while black women and non-black Latina's make 64 and 54 cents to a white man's dollar respectively ( In addition to that, women in most U.S households are generally expected to do all the cooking, cleaning, and most of the child care without any compensation because these duties are usually seen as “women's” work.

The inequality only increases as we look to other countries like Malaysia where women are paid less than 50 cents an hour. Women who work in the Malquiladoras of Mexico and South America, those who work in H&M clothing factories in Malaysia, the 65 million forced laborers in India, and all the other underpaid women across the globe share a common predicament— women do two thirds of the world's work, receive ten percent of the world's income and own one percent of the world's property.

Women in “poorer” countries are not only exploited through unfair wages and inhumane working conditions (as they are the ideal workers for large corporations because of their decreased likelihood to lash back against their employers,) they also get lured into the sex trafficking business. In countries where there are few employment opportunities for both men and women, sex-trafficking recruiters either take up women who volunteer because they have become desperate for any means of employment or they forcibly take women and children. Ukrainian, Malaysian, and Afghan women are more likely to become victims of sex trafficking. Too often these women's “employment” is sought by tourists visiting their native countries, or they are transferred abroad and traded by different prostitution rings.

In today's global culture and economy, we cannot ignore the fact that most of the products we consume come as a direct result of the exploitation of women's labor. Through a variation of artistic modes - photographs, drawings and collages - our group will illustrate how women's labor is exploited on a global scale.

Exhibition Catalog

art by Juli Ersfeld and Marissa Pond

Art by: Julianne Ersfeld and Marissa Pond

Annotated Bibliography

Robinson, John P., Melissa A. Milkie."Back to the Basics: Trends in and Role Determinants of Women's Attitudes toward Housework." Journal of Marriage and Family, Vol. 60, No. 1 (Feb., 1998), pp. 205-218. Web. 28 Apr. 2014

-This article discusses how women do more housework without being recognized for it and men contribute minimally.

Figueroa, Hector. "CorpWatch : In the Name of Fashion: Exploitation in the Garment Industry." CorpWatch: In the Name of Fashion: Exploitation in the Garment Industry. N.p., 1 Jan. 1996. Web. 27 Apr. 2014.

- talks about retailers and stats of those textiles imported outside of US, specifically latin america (Mexico, Brazil, Hondouras)

Corrin, Chris. "Transitional Road for Traffic: Analysing Trafficking in Women from and through Central and Eastern Europe." Europe-Asia Studies 57.4 (2005): 543-60. JSTOR. Web.

- This article analyzes the increase and impact of trafficking on women in Eastern Europe in the post-communism era.  Corrin makes connections between poverty and war with its effects on human trafficking and sex work.

Catalyst. Catalyst Quick Take: Women in the Labour Force in India. New York: Catalyst, 2012.

- This source provided us with a vast amount of information about the labor exploitation of women in India. It touched upon p opulation, education, the labor force, and government. They had accesible graphs and understandable statistics that we could incorporate within our project. Lastly, it provided at least ten other sources that we could eventually use to varify their data.

Freidenberg, Lauren. "MARGINALIZATION OF RURAL WOMEN IN KENYA." Prospect Journal. Journal of International Affairs, 3 Oct. 2013. Web. Apr. 2014.

- The article discusses the marginalization of women in the Kenyan labor force. Specifically, the article focuses on the importance of women in the agricultural sector and the gender divisions that have been created within this sector of society.

Seybert Tony. “Slavery and Native Americans in British North America and the United States: 1600 to 1865”. 2009. Web.

- Discusses Native Americans and their enslavement.

Gilio- Whitaker Dina. “The Untold History about American Indian Slavery”. 2014. Web.

“Are Your Clothes Made in Sweatshops?”, Oxfam Australia, Mon April 28, 2014. your-clothes-made-in-sweatshops

- Gives specific data on where many first world countries consumer's clothing products are actually made. Names the issue of women and childern are the more likely to be over worked in inhumane working conditions than men.