April 1, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am PDT
On Equal Pay Day (March 31), women artists across the country kicked off the Art of Equal Pay campaign by raising their rates by 15%—reflecting the 14 to 19 percent wage gap, on average, that researchers found face women artists—and then donated the “extra” money they earned to COVID-19 relief efforts. The year-long initiative, which will run through Equal Pay Day in 2021, empowers women artists to confront and combat the gender wage gap in the visual arts and calls on gallerists, collectors, organizations and individual art-lovers and advocates to pledge to support them. You can learn more and take the pledge yourself at theartofequalpay.com and check out the pieces being sold as part of the project on Instagram @TheArtofEqualPay
Join artist, Michele Pred, and feminist media-maker, Carmen Rios, as they discuss how the project came to be and converse about equity of opportunity for womxn in art and beyond.
About Michele Pred:
Michele Pred is a Swedish American conceptual artist whose practice includes sculpture, assemblage, and performance, and whose work uncovers the cultural and political meaning behind everyday objects and concentrates on feminist themes such as equal pay, reproductive rights, and personal security. Pred’s projects leverage social components to drive conversations about these issues into public space: after 9/11, she explored the intersection of personal space and security by using airport-confiscated items; through pieces covered in thousands of expired birth control pills, she drew attention to the cultural background of the fight for reproductive rights; her modified vintage handbag editions feature neon lights declaring the holder’s support for the continuing economic and political struggle for women’s rights. Michele is the founder of The Art of Equal Pay.
About Carmen Rios:
Carmen Rios is a feminist media-maker and movement-builder. She’s currently a Consulting Editor at Ms., the host of Bitch Media’s Popaganda podcast, and a freelance digital strategist. Carmen’s writing has been published by outlets like Autostraddle, BuzzFeed, CityLab, DAME, ElixHER, Everyday Feminism, Feministing, Girlboss, GrokNation, Mic, MEL, Signs and the Women’s Media Center, and she is a co-founder of Webby-nominated Argot Magazine; she is also the former co-host and co-producer of feminist programs The Bossy Show and Trigger Happy. Carmen coordinated outreach for The Art of Equal Pay’s launch on Equal Pay Day.