ON EQUAL TERMS PROJECT
Drawing on the leadership of a grassroots network of trade union activists, the On Equal Terms Project uses personal testimony and the arts as springboards for education, discussion, analysis, and action about employment equity. Founded in 2007, the Project organizes touring for the On Equal Terms installation, conducts research, consults on equity issues, leads workshops, maintains the Move the Decimal Point blog, and develops local and national programs.
We are pleased to join with individuals and organizations that share a commitment to reveal, acknowledge and remove the discrimination –– overt and embedded –– that has kept women from enjoying successful careers. We believe that understanding history enables us to shape our future; and that education, reflection, new practices, oversights with consequences –– and a strong dose of courage –– can create meaningful change.
As an Affiliated Institute of the Women’s Studies Research Center of Brandeis University, donations to the On Equal Terms Project are tax-deductible.
Susan Eisenberg is a poet, multidisciplinary artist, policy analyst, public speaker, educator, and author of We’ll Call You If We Need You: Experiences of Women Working Construction, a New York Times Notable Book. She entered the construction industry in 1978, becoming one of the first women in the country to achieve journey-level status as a union electrician. She served on the Planning Team for the First National IBEW Women’s Conference and the AFL-CIO BCTD’s National Team for Minority and Women Recruitment and Retention. A recipient of the Samuel Gompers Union Leadership Award, she was invited to address the International Labour Organization in Geneva, Switzerland about women in the US construction industry. Author of three poetry collections, her poems are widely anthologized, including in American Working-Class Literature (Oxford). Her artwork re-imagines the everyday, playing with scale and juxtaposition to investigate issues of power and social policy. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan (B.A., Women’s Studies) and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College; and holds a master electrician’s license. After a decade teaching at the University of Massachusetts Boston, she became a Resident Artist/Scholar at the Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center, where she directs the On Equal Terms Project.