Sweat Equity: Women in the Garment Industry

The Center for the Study of Women’s History is pleased to present the first annual Diane and Adam E. Max Conference in Women’s History on Sunday, March 16th, 2016. This day-long event during Women’s History Month will explore the garment industry and its historical impact on women, and is organized this year in memory of Jean Dubinsky Appleton, daughter of veteran labor organizer David Dubinsky. The conference will feature two keynote addresses by historian Alice Kessler-Harris and union leader Julie Kushner, along with panel discussions exploring the history and future of garment manufacturing in New York. The morning panels will focus on the entwined histories of immigration, labor activism, and the garment industry’s predominantly female workforce. The afternoon panels will bring together working designers to discuss production in New York City’s garment district today, and the challenges of sustainabilityboth economic and environmentalin the fashion industry. All events will take place in the Robert H. Smith Auditorium, and audience members are welcome to attend either the full day’s program or selected panels.  Admission is free, but advance reservations are required to guarantee seating.  For more information, see the program highlights.

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