When Nikki Columbus filed a lawsuit against MoMA PS1 for revoking her job offer after learning she had recently had a child, her narrative struck a chord. Now, thousands of people have signed a petition denouncing the museum’s “discriminatory policies.” The petition, titled, “They Revoked Her Job Offer Because She Was a New Mother,” outlines Columbus’s experience––of interviewing for a position at the revered contemporary art museum and Museum of Modern Art affiliate, receiving a job offer, negotiating, and having the offer rescinded––before calling upon readers to join them in the “fight against discrimination and tell MoMA PS1 to create policies friendly to working mothers.”
The petition adds:
When companies and organizations discriminate against working mothers it excludes capable, talented candidates from the workpool and disadvantages them, their families and their future. It is unacceptable that an institution dedicated to bringing beauty to the world would behave in such an ugly manner. That's why we are asking MoMA PS1 to change their discriminatory ways towards mothers in the workforce.
As of mid-day on Tuesday, the petition has garnered nearly 20,500 signatures from all over the world, and is quickly nearing its current goal of 25,000 signatures.