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Calamazoo Corset Strike
  • Sara Beth Meister, artist
    Shaun Slifer, artist
    born 1979
    active: United States
    Josh MacPhee, organizer
    born 1973
    Stumptown Printers, printer
    established 1999
  • Calamazoo Corset Strike, 2008
  • Celebrate People's History Poster Series
  • Where object was made: United States
  • color offset lithograph
  • Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 434 x 281 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 17 1/16 x 11 1/16 in
  • Museum purchase: Elmer F. Pierson Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2016.0124.050
Description

Image of a pair of hands lacing up a corset, executed in maroon and purple. Descriptive text in center of image. Text refers to the Kalamazoo Corset Strike of 1912 in which the workers went on strike to protest low wages, long work days, unsafe and unsanitary conditions, and sexual harassment. Though the strike was unsuccessful, the company was boycotted and went bankrupt in 1914.