There’s a new display in the front window of Student Stores. UNC sweatshirts hang on mannequins and attractive models sport Tar Heel emblazoned tote bags. But this one has an extra element unseen before on campus: the pictures of the factory workers who spun, dyed, sewed, silk screened, ironed and packaged the Carolina blue clothes which hang on gold hangers just inside the doors.
Welcome to Schoolhouse -— a combination of style and Sri Lanka — founded by Rachel Weeks, age 24.
Weeks has a passion for feminism, reflected best by the title of her undergraduate thesis: “The Wonder Bra: Theorizing Globalization, Women’s Labor, and Consumption for Twenty-First Century Feminism.” But the two didn’t easily mix.
“I was always struggling to find the gray area in between,” she says.
The majority of clothing sold in the U.S. is produced abroad, with many of the workers being women and earning less than a dollar a day. Though Weeks was not able to overhaul the entire garment production model, she was able to find a place to make a difference and use both her passions.