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Conversation : “Sweetie, Just Smile”: Women’s Appearance in the Workplace

March 11 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

American Experience presents a virtual PAST FORWARD conversation exploring the relationship between women’s demeanor, appearance, and fashion choices and their opportunities for advancement in workplaces built by and for men. This conversation is inspired in part by our new film Fly With Me.

Panelists [Allison Elias, Ann Hood, Monica Muñoz Martinez] will discuss the ways in which women are made to toe the line between authority and “femininity” in the ways they present themselves at work. They will also explore the historical origins of these pressures, and the different forms they take depending on the race and class of the women involved. The panel will look at the enduring impact social biases have on the opportunities available to working women, and will reflect on how female-led workplaces have challenged these norms, exploring the work that remains to be done going forward.

This event will be livestreamed on our Facebook and YouTube pages.

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March 11
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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