WORKING FOR DIGNITY: WORKING WOMEN

As a part of the Sociological Research Project, Working For Dignity, the following set of images were created to illustrate and supplement the stories and data that were being collected. The final report was pertinent to workers right's advocacy in Santa Cruz County.

The photos focus on women laborers to draw special attention to the gendered landscape of the service and food industry-- prominent industries in Santa Cruz County.

The series has been featured at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History in 2015 and, later, in 2017 as part of a group exhibit with Hung Liu.

 

"The project is a collaboration between the UCSC Center for Labor Studies (CLS), California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA), and the Chicano Latino Research Center (CLRC).   The project emerged when CRLA – which provides free legal services to the community - noticed a shift of county workers from agriculture into low-wage services but found no reliable data on the trend and nothing on the experiences of workers. The Center for Labor Studies proposed conducting a “census of the invisible” – or a survey of low-wage workers across the county about work and workplace issues.  CLS, along with the CLRC then organized a research apprenticeship course in January 2014 to train 20 undergraduates – many native Spanish speakers - to carry out both surveys and open-ended interviews...
We aim to collect baseline data on workers and working conditions in the low-wage sectors in Santa Cruz County (primarily Santa Cruz and Watsonville); conduct outreach to low-wage workers about available services and worker rights; and build a digital, interactive archive to allow low-wage workers to share their stories of work and dignity."