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Georgia State University. Power of
Power of Women's Clothesline Project Collection
16.25 linear ft. in
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.
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
(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
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.
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.
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.
Georgia State University.
Power of Women
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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.
[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.
Gift of Jennifer Gillespie, Treasurer, Power of Women, June 2002.
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.