Throughout America, women organized tea parties for meetings and fundraisers to support the suffrage movement. The Woman’s Suffrage Party sold ceylon, young hyson, gunpowder, and oolong tea under their charitable brand “Equality Tea.” Yet the history of tea is steeped in inequality, driven by colonialism, war, and appropriation. In her short film, Equality Tea, Sunwoo brews tea while drawing parallels between the fraught histories of the tea trade and the suffrage movement.
Jaime Sunwoo is a Laundromat Project Create Change alum and commissioned artist for the Park Avenue Armory’s 100 Years | 100 Women project. Learn more about 100 Years | 100 Women and explore the archive here.