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A Womans Work Is Never Done

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    1976 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    See Red Women's Workshop (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Screenprint in red ink

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of the American Friends of the V&A; Gift to the American Friends by Leslie, Judith and Gabri Schreyer and Alice Schreyer Batko

  • Museum number:

    E.1714-2004

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3G, shelf DR25

The Women's Liberation Movement saw itself as the 'True Left' and poster makers extended this ideology to the production process. The See Red Women's Poster Collective (1974-1989) was a notable example of co-operative and non-hierarchical work methods. Their output focused on the domestic issues of women's lives. The 'split woman' represents women who had to work a double shift in employment and in the home, and were undervalued in both. The poster protests against the situation, but the woman herself appears strong and capable.

Physical description

Red and white image of a 'split woman', divided between her responsibilities as an employee on a production line and her domestic responsibilities as a wife and mother.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)

Date

1976 (made)

Artist/maker

See Red Women's Workshop (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Screenprint in red ink

Marks and inscriptions

A Womans Work Is Never Done
printed in red and white

SEERED
printed in white on red on baby's leg, lower left

Dimensions

Height: 52.9 cm, Width: 69.5 cm

Descriptive line

Anonymous poster by the See Red Women's Poster Collective. UK, 1976.

Materials

Paper; Ink

Techniques

Screenprinting

Subjects depicted

Politics; Feminism; Gender; Gender issues; Wife; Mother; Domesticity; Propaganda; Woman

Categories

Prints; Feminism; Posters; Gender and Sexuality

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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