Popaganda: Class War, but Make It Fashion

In the fifth episode in Popaganda’s GLAMOUR season, host Carmen Rios investigates the labor crises facing women who work in fashion’s supply chain—and challenges listeners to become part of a better fashion economy.

Through conversations with union leaders, anti-poverty activists and pro-fashion protestors—Ethan Snow from Unite Here, Ruth Ogier from War on Want, and Sarah Ditty from Fashion Revolution, respectively—Carmen assesses the landscape facing women who work in the garment industry, and the urgent need for a global labor movement that guarantees them their basic rights and dignities. She also looks back at women’s activism targeting the fashion industry over the last century, and lays out with optimism the path forward toward a feminist fashion industry.

Fashion is fueling the marginalization, abuse, and exploitation of some of the world’s most vulnerable women—and disasters from the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory to the Rana Plaza collapse illustrate how much risk garment workers take in an attempt to make a life for themselves. But if feminists zoom in on the root causes of global poverty and put their money where their protest signs are, they can join the growing movement for global worker power and rights.

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by Carmen Rios
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Carmen Rios is the host of Bitch’s Popaganda podcast. She’s also the Managing Digital Editor at Ms. magazine and co-host of Trigger Happy, a weekly webseries about women’s issues on Binge Network. She has been described as “petulant and idiotic,” “intimidating to some,” “vapid and uninteresting” and “brazenly misandrist.”