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Elaine Crawford Oral History

Elaine Crawford was the first women hired at the Ford Motor Co. Rouge engine plant since the Korean War. She was encouraged by a coworker to take the skilled trades test and after scoring very high decided to become an electrician until the oil crisis of 1973. After the setback with the skilled trades Crawford took a job with the City of Detroit at the Waste Water plant and soon was able to fill a vacancy as an electrical repair woman. Crawford recalls what it was like to be one of two women working on a job and the adjustment it took to work in such an environment. Crawford became active in the IBEW Local 58 as an officer and committee member. She discusses her experience as a woman in Local 58, as an officer, and the locals’ attitude toward women. She concludes the interview by considering the future of women in trade unions.
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Interviewee Crawford, Elaine, 1949-
Subject 1 IBEW Local 58
Subject 2 Skilled tradeswomen
Subject 3 Electricians
Coverage Detroit, MI; 1971-2004
Resource Type Text
Permissions & Copyright Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs
Date Recorded 2004-02-16
Transcript Format Paper
Interviewer Raucher, Margaret; Advisory Group Members
Collection Name Metro Detroit Skilled Tradeswomen Oral History Project
Collection Description Interviews with women in a variety of construction and maintenance trades conducted between 2004 and 2006.
Oral History ID WPR 0856
Date Of Record Creation 2009-09-25 13:58:44
Collection ID 1942
Date Of Record Release 2013-04-25 16:47:49
Repository address 5401 Cass Ave
Date Last Modified 2013-04-25 16:47:49
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Contact Name LeFevre, William
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