Illustration of white shirts on a blue clothesline with white and blue text on a purple background
The Clothesline Project was started in 1990 in Hyannis, Massachusetts. Its purpose was to educate students, communities, and the public at large about domestic violence against women. The project began when members of Cape Cod’s Women’s Defense Agenda learned that during the same time 58,000 soldiers were killed in the Vietnam War, 51,000 U.S. women were killed as a result of domestic violence. The clothesline in the title of the project refers to a clothesline made up of 31 T-Shirts created by survivors of violence or created by others in their honor. The project is meant to represent a visual evidence that domestic and sexual violence exists in communities everywhere and seeks to provide a venue for survivors to use their voice and bring awareness to the problem.
About. (n.d.). The Clothesline Project. http://www.clotheslineproject.info/about.html