Center Organizes “Women Workers in Struggle” Film Festival

On Feb 15 and 16, 2020, CGWR hosted a film festival titled “Women Workers in Struggle: Organizing for Voice and Power around the Globe” at Foster Auditorium.
Center Organizes “Women Workers in Struggle” Film Festival

“Women Workers in Struggle” Film Festival, February 15-16, 2020

 

On Feb 15 and 16, 2020, CGWR hosted a film festival titled “Women Workers in Struggle: Organizing for Voice and Power around the Globe” at Foster Auditorium. For over a century, women’s activism has slowly but steadily transformed the global terrain of struggle, resulting in greater gender equality. However, the labor market has been one of the most challenging areas for women to advance. The inequality between women and men as well as between women has been persistent and has even increased in some cases. Unpaid/underpaid reproductive labor is disproportionately performed by women, and many of their jobs are concentrated in low wage industries, such as food service, home care, cleaning, and garment production. Globalization and lack of worker protections have also imposed new challenges on women workers, especially in the Global South.

This two-day film festival was composed of documentary films presenting a glimpse into the situations of women’s working lives across the globe, in their own vivid voices. These films depicted the exploitative nature of many of these industries, but importantly, they also showed the politics of how women have fought for their rights at work, at home, and within broader civil society. The films portray a variety of struggles of women workers, including sex workers’ unionizing in the US, a supermarket workers’ 510-day strike in South Korea, female farmers’ organizing in Brazil, the fearless women union leaders in Bangladesh garment factories, and the care workers’ struggle in Poland. The festival was organized by Postdoctoral Scholar, Jinyoung Park, and Assistant Professor of Labor and Employment Relations and Sociology, Katherine Maich. The festival was co-sponsored by the Sustainability Institute, The Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, The School of Labor and Employment Relations, Penn State Libraries, and the College of Liberal Arts.