Women of the World Unite
photography, photographic posters
38 x 30 in.
My photography is inseparable from my life. I work in a collaborative style and the portraits of my friends and community have always reflected the energy, rebellion and passion for social change that swirls around me. I express my personal feelings and values with art that is driven by a desire to addresses social justice issues.
My career has embraced the fields of fine art photography, photojournalism, portraiture and historic architectural preservation. My portfolios also explore gender fluidity and identity within the LGBTQ community.
I photographed these images in 1970 when a group of women, including Gretta Goldenman, demonstrated and hung banners from The Statue of Liberty on the 50th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment, women’s right to vote. In the time since, despite winning the vote, women’s fight for equality had improved but not nearly enough. From the glass ceiling and long ignored sexual harassment in the workplace (and elsewhere), true equality still remains a long way off.
“It is important to remember how many of us participated in women’s rights demonstrations because the fight for women’s rights and equality in the workplace is not over. In fact, now more than ever, women need to realize that what we have earned – economic opportunities, educational opportunities, job opportunities, reproductive rights and healthcare – is in danger of being stripped away from us. It is important to remember the 1970 Women’s Strike for Equality when more than 20,000 women took over Fifth Avenue in defiance of the mayor of the City of New York, not as ancient history or nostalgia. We need to remember it with pride, courage, and with that same defiance. We need the same dedication and activism now. Yes, Gretta and I are still marching.”
For me the art is the images and message of the double sided (13” x 19”) poster boards that we wore. I remade the images into street art posters for the Women’s March- Jan 21 2017. The posters were attached with the pink yarn used to make the pussy hats.
© Trix Rosen