Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

  • Nancy Lee Worden, Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, 2018, silver, glass, wool, plastic, nylon, fur, leather, feathers and steel, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Estate of Nancy Worden, 2021.54.1, © 2020, Estate of Nancy Worden

The Me Too movement of 2017 encouraged victims of sexual abuse and harassment to share their stories and make demands for accountability. Nancy Worden reflected on her own memories of sexual harassment as she crafted this necklace, subverting its status as a luxury item into a relevant political statement. The coin purses reference the crude euphemism for a woman’s vagina, while the work gloves make visceral the feeling of unwanted touch. In Worden’s experience, claims of sexual harassment were often dismissed, but the victims never forgot. 
The artwork encompasses Worden’s study of the lived experiences of American women through jewelry. 


This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World, 2022

Title
Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Artist
Date
2018
Location
Dimensions
25 in. × 18 in. × 7 12 in. (63.5 × 45.7 × 19.1 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the Estate of Nancy Worden

Mediums
Mediums Description
silver, glass, wool, plastic, nylon, fur, leather, feathers and steel
Classifications
Keywords
  • Dress – accessory
Object Number
2021.54.1
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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