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SnapShots: Memphis Women at Work Guest Photographers
SnapShots Exhibit
Moves to Germantown Performing Arts Center

March 6 - April 9, 2009    

The Memphis community will have another opportunity to experience a unique collection of photographs taken by women about women.

"SnapShots: Memphis Women at Work" will be on display in the visual arts gallery of the Germantown Performing Arts Center from March 6 through April 9, 2009.

This special collection was created to celebrate 25 years of research on issues of gender, race, class, and social inequality by the Center for Research on Women (CROW) at the University of Memphis.  

In the spring of 2007, the Center invited 25 of Memphis’ most influential women to take photographs of a “woman at work.”  Each photographer selected her own subject, and these photos, along with brief statements about each choice, were shown in a free public exhibition at the University of Memphis Art Museum on November 10, 2007.  The exhibit then went on public display at the Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women during the month of December 2007.

CROW's History of Research on Women and Work

Over the past 25 years, The Center has sponsored many projects related to women and employment. From the 1984 project by then Director Elizabeth Higginbotham on Work and Survival for Black Women, to the definitive study in 1999 on a living wage in Memphis (CROW Affiliate Dr. David Ciscel), to a current study of job training programs for low-income women (CROW Affiliates Phyllis Betts and Jane Henrici with the Memphis Area Women’s Council), the Center has consistently invested in research concerning women, wages, and economic self-sufficiency.

Although women have made strides toward economic equality in the last twenty five years, economic self-sufficiency remains a critical concern.  According to the National Network for Women’s Employment, women continue to earn less than men and are nearly twice as likely to be poor than men. Women have made gains in professional jobs traditionally dominated by men, but have made relatively little progress in blue collar occupations. As a result, many women remain segregated in the lowest-paying jobs in our country.

Continued Commitment to Economic Justice for Women

The majority of U.S. families rely on women’s wages to make ends meet. Because women’s economic security is critical to the economic well being of our community and our nation, CROW pledges a continued commitment to research that fuels the fight for economic justice for women. 

The Center would like to thank the Guest Photographers, their Subjects, and the following sponsors for their generous support of the SnapShots exhibit:

Fish & Associates Financial Management, Inc.
Kathy Fish, President & CEO

Lisa Waddell Buser PhotographyToof Commercial PrintingQuick Change ArtistsThe Art Museum of the University of Memphis

Ms. Karen Blockman Carrier, CEO, Automatic Slims / Another Roadside Attraction

Ms. Wight Boggs, Executive Director, Memphis Restaurant Association

Dr. Charlotte Borst, Provost, Rhodes College

Ms. Kathy Fish, President & CEO, Fish and Associates Financial Services

Ms. Cynthia Ham, Principal, Chief Public Relations Officer, archer>malmo

Ms. Tomeka Hart, CEO, Memphis Urban League; Vice President Memphis City Schools Board of Commissioners

Ms. Frances Hooks, Activist, Philanthropist

Ms. Shaila Karkera, Chair, Indian Community Fund for Greater Memphis

Ms. Rosalva King, President, V.I.S.A., Inc.

Ms. Leanne Kleinmann, Editor, Skirt! and iDiva

Ms. Deanie Parker, President, Soulsville Foundation

Dr. Shirley Raines, President, University of Memphis

Ms. Laretha Harris Randolph, Philanthropist

Ms. Gloria J. Roberts, Staff Vice President of Service Experience Leadership, FedEx Corporation

Ms. Beverly Robertson, Executive Director, National Civil Rights Museum

Ms. Gayle Rose, Community Activist, Philanthropist

Ms. Diane Rudner, Chairman, The Plough Foundation

Ms. Susan S. Stephenson, President, Independent Bank

Ms. Mary Trotz, President, Junior League of Memphis

Ms. Anita Vaughn, CEO, Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women

Ms. Stacie Waddell, Chairman of the Board, Girls Inc.; Owner, Blu Champagne

Ms. Regina Walker, Senior Vice President, The United Way of the Mid-South

Ms. K.C. Warren, Philanthropist, Board Member, MidSouth Interfaith Network for Economic Justice

Ms. Ruby Wharton, Managing Partner, The Wharton Firm

Dr. Jan Young, Executive Director, The Assisi Foundation

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