Power of Women's Clothesline Project Collection

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Power of Women's Clothesline Project:

A Guide to Its Collection at Georgia State University Library

Georgia State University
Georgia State University
Special Collections and Archives
100 Decatur St., SE
Atlanta, GA 30303-3202
404-413-2880
Fax: 404-413-2881
archives@gsu.edu

2004



Profile Description

Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator: Georgia State University. Power of Women
Title: Power of Women's Clothesline Project Collection
Dates: 2002
Quantity: 16.25 linear ft. in 28 boxes
Abstract:Power of Women is a Georgia State University student organization affiliated with the Women's Studies Institute. The Clothesline Project is a display created by survivors of violence and those in support of survivors. The collection consists of the 80 T-shirts and two quilts displayed at the Power of Women’s 3rd Annual Clothesline Project, March 18-22, 2002, as well as printed materials relating to the event.
Identification: W057
LanguageEnglish.

Organization of the Collection


Scope and Content of the Collection

The collection consists of the 80 T-shirts and two quilts displayed at the Power of Women’s 3rd Annual Clothesline Project, March 18-22, 2002, as well as printed materials relating to the event.


History of Power of Women

Power of Women is a Georgia State University student organization affiliated with the Women's Studies Institute. They are committed to making feminism and feminist issues and philosophies visible and relevant to the Georgia State University campus, and to developing a focus on personal awareness and issues affecting female and male students by organizing activities, presenting information, and providing education on gender and human rights issues (Power of Women mission statement). Some of the programs they have sponsored include visiting classrooms, attending the Georgia Women's Assembly (1999), volunteering for the Feminist Women's Health Center, starting "Voices of active Resistance: Power of Women's Sexual Assault Education Campaign," (2000) and "Sexual Assault on Campus Rountable" (April 2003). Power of Women is sponsored by GSU’s Offices of Diversity Education and Health Promotion, Georgia Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Alliance, Campus Civitans, Social Work Club and by the International Student Association Council.


History of the Clothesline Project

The Clothesline Project is a display created by survivors of violence and those in support of survivors. The personal narratives and graphic messages illustrated on the shirts are a testimony to the reality of violence and the strength of the survivors. The shirts are placed on a clothesline and are displayed in public places for viewing. (Power of Women pamphlet)

The Clothesline Project started in Cape Cod, MA, in October 1990. Thirty-one t-shirts addressing the issue of violence against women were displayed on the village green in Hyannis as part of the annual "Take Back the Night" rally. The project was the brainchild of a small core of women, many of whom had been affected by domestic violence, who wanted to create a way of expressing the problem in the form of an "in-your-face" educational and healing tool. Inspired by the AIDS quilt, artist Rachel Carey-Harper came up with the idea of using t-shirts hanging on a clothesline: Doing the laundry has traditionally been women's work, and women often communicated with one another whilst hanging out their laundry.

After the first 1990 Clothesline Project event, a small piece appeared in Off Our Backs magazine. This piece was picked up by Ms magazine and the project expanded dramatically. Over the following years other magazines (including Shape and USA Weekend) published articles about the project, with the result that it grew from a local grassroots effort into a large-scale national campaign.

Currently it is estimated that between 50,000 and 60,000 shirts have been decorated, and projects are running in 41 states and 5 countries. (http://www.clotheslineproject.org/)

At Georgia State University, Power of Women organized their first Clothesline Project in 2000. The 3rd Annual Clothesline Project took place March 18-22, 2002, and throughout the week, t-shirts were hung on lines across the University Plaza.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the Georgia State University Library online catalog (GIL). Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Clothesline Project
Georgia State University. Power of Women
Battered women
Domestic violence
Family violence
quilts
T-shirts

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original. All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.


Administrative Information

Citation

[item], [folder title], [series title], Power of Women's Clothesline Project collection, W057, Archives for Research on Women and Gender. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Jennifer Gillespie, Treasurer, Power of Women, June 2002.

Processing Information

Processed by Jiling Yang, September 2004.


Related Material

Related materials in other repositories: Official website of the Clothesline Project: http://www.clotheslineproject.org/

Related materials in this repository: In Special Collections at GSU: Georgia Advocates for Battered Women and Children records (W049); Vickie McLennan papers (W053); Clothesline Project Newsletter, August 1993 in Women's Printed Collections: Periodicals.


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