Women Workers Film Festival Feb. 15-16

"Women Workers in Struggle: Organizing for Voice and Power around the Globe" will be held at Foster Auditorium on Penn State's University Park Campus.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - 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 industries in the low wage sector, 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 will be composed of documentary films that present a glimpse into the situations of women’s working lives across the globe told in their own vivid voices. These films depict the exploitative nature of many of these industries, but importantly, they also show the politics of how women have fought for their rights at work, at home, and within broader civil society. The festival features films that portray a variety of global struggles of women workers, including the unionizing of sex workers in the United States, factory 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.

Sponsored by Center for Global Workers’ Rights, School of Labor and Employment Relations, The Pennsylvania State University

Cosponsored by the College of the Liberal Arts, the University Libraries, the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and the Sustainability Institute 

For more information, please contact Jini Park (jpp5894@psu.edu) or Katherine Maich (kem394@psu.edu).

Saturday, February 15

Sunday, February 16


February 3, 2020 


UPDATE: This event received some media coverage from the Daily Collegian. See the video here.

February 16, 2020