Celebrate People's History: Int'l Ladies' Garment Workers Union

Jenny Schmid
GVSU Collection
2 Color Offset Printed Poster
August 2019
Artworks - Height: 17" Width: 11"
This is a red, orange, black, and white poster for "Ladies' Garment Workers Union" where there are four women working at a table sewing and there is text on the ribbon coming from the leftmost woman's sewing machine. There are signs at the bottom. "International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union: “We’d rather starve quick than starve slow.” The ILGWU was a driving force behind the 1909 Uprising of 20,000 and the Great Revolt of 1910, where 60,000 went on strike."
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.