For Panama, this movement for workplace rights is "no different than what Colin Kaepernick is doing"—taking a risk and speaking up to make a difference.
These legitimate frustrations have been reduced by some media outlets as a catfight between two groups of women, but participating dancers want to make it clear that this is not a "strippers vs.
One issue for dancers in New York City, according to Gizelle and Panama, is that in the past several years, club owners and promoters have stopped hiring bartenders to simply tend bar, and instead bring in women with big social media followings to attract customers.
After hearing many similar stories of unfair treatment, Gizelle aired her grievances in an Instagram post.
Dancers at the meeting told Broadly that they haven't called for an official strike or boycott yet because they want to be strategic.
Marie scoffed at the idea that dancers being treated unfairly should just find a different occupation. Photos courtesy of Gizelle Marie and Panama. Earlier this month, Gizelle Marie was returning from a work trip to Washington, DC when she and other dancers started chatting each other on social media about the difficulties they faced trying to earn a livable wage working in New York City strip clubs. Marie has worked as an entertainer for the past 10 years in New York and told Broadly that "of course" she would provide her space for "a room of women to come together and support each other. Some dancers even claim that bartenders have taken their money off of the dancing stage.