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
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 Photography
Toof Commercial Printing
Quick Change Artists
The 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
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
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
Ms. Ruby Wharton, Managing Partner, The Wharton Firm
Dr. Jan Young, Executive Director, The Assisi Foundation
Click here to see the Photographs!