CTR 360°

Between the Door and the Street

Question: How are women uniquely affected by poverty? What role do they play in confronting it?


On Saturday, October 19, Creative Time and the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum will present Between the Door and the Street, my first public project in New York City. For the event, hundreds of people—selected to represent a cross section of ages, backgrounds and perspectives—will gather on stoops along a residential street in Brooklyn. There, they will engage in unscripted conversations about a variety of issues related to gender politics today.

Between the Door and the Street grew out of a series of wide-ranging conversations I held with a group of activist women over the course of six months. One of the most pressing and poignant questions that emerged in these discussions related to the disproportionate levels of poverty among women. The gender wage gap around the world provides one of the more acute examples of this disparity. In the United States, women earn only 77 cents for every dollar a man in an equivalent job makes. Perhaps even more telling is the fact that though they do the majority of the world’s work, women take in a minority of global income.

As a preview of the conversations that will unfold in Brooklyn, this CTR 360° features several leading women’s-rights advocates addressing the many ways in which women are uniquely affected by poverty. Here, they confront intersections of class, gender and race as they examine how women are striving for economic equality and security.