White Wash

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Detail of “White Wash” Collage by Sally Edelstein composed of vintage appropriated images

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Despite the fact that many women were on the front lines in the civil rights movement, not only the driving force behind sit-ins, but  helping to organize the 1963 March on Washington, the media continued to portray women as vapid housewives  preoccupied with the never-ending battle over dirt and disorder.

Though the atmosphere was one of infinite challenges, women were seen still chained to their Electrolux vacuum cleaners, chasing dirt and debating the well-worn topic of “ring around the collar”, while men saved the world.

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Detail of “White Wash” Collage by Sally Edelstein composed of vintage appropriated images

View the Entire Image of White Wash

While others were out marching for civil rights in the 1960s fighting to break the color barriers, hermetically sealed housewives in the media were portrayed cheerfully living in a colorfast world obsessed with getting their laundry not just white but whiter than white, a white to unequal others.

We Shall Overcome Dirt was their anthem.

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