Women Workers in Struggle: Organizing for Voice and Power around the Globe
Presented by Center for Global Workers’ Rights, School of Labor and Employment Relations, The Pennsylvania State University
Co-Sponsored by Penn State Libraries and the Sustainability Institute
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, 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 sex workers’ unionizing in the US, 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.