Celebrate People's History: Jane- Underground Abortion Service

Artwork
Identifier:
2020.23.6
Artist:
Meredith Stern
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
2 Color Offset Printed Poster
Date:
November 2001
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 17" Width: 11"
Description:
An image of a woman on a payphone. She is on the right side of the image and on the left are buildings. At the top of the image below the title "Jane". with “Feminist Underground Abortion Service" and "100+ members performed over 11,000 illegal abortions in Chicago”. Text below the image reads: “Those of us who were members of Jane were remarkable only because we chose to act with women’s needs as our guide. In doing so we transformed illegal abortion from a dangerous sordid experience into one that was life affirming+powerful. - Laura Kaplan"
Historical Context:
The Celebrate People’s History posters are rooted in the do-it-yourself tradition of mass-produced political propaganda. These posters embody democracy, inclusion, and group participation in the writing and interpretation of the past. Unlike most political posters, the posters part of the Celebrate People’s History series tell the stories of the underdogs, those individuals and groups helping to move forward the collective struggle of humanity to create a more just world. For 20 years, over 130 different posters have been displayed on the streets of over a dozen cities representing over 150 artists and writers. The Celebrate People’s History Poster Series has been organized and curated by Josh MacPhee since 1998.