Wage Gap Potholder

Quilted fabric, 8 x 8 inches, 2016.
This is 78% of a potholder, to illustrate the gender wage gap in the United States.

I chose a potholder to represent this statistic, because potholders – being so strongly representative of the kitchen – are a quintessential signifier of domesticity. I chose to sew a quilted object because these activities, like many handicrafts, have long been considered “women’s work.”

Of course it must be noted that 78% is just an average. Black women earn only 63%, while Hispanic women earn only 54%.

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