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T.M. Oral History

T.M., a non-union roofer and general contractor, was born and raised in Trenton, MI. T.M. got into the construction trade at age 18 after buying a house, realizing she could not afford to hire help she learned how to do the repair work herself. At the same time she became involved in drag racing and raced cars with her husband in the professional circuit for twelve years. T.M. returned to Michigan after her divorce and worked for her brothers roofing company until she remarried and started a company of her own. T.M. explains some of the roofing work she has done, the roofing process and the various materials involved. She discusses being a licensed business owner and what it entails to get a license. T.M. stresses that her position as the boss and business owner were important factors in her being treated as an equal as compared to most women in the trades. At the time of the interview T.M. had just begun teaching in the building trades program at Lincoln Park High School and hopes to continue teacher in the program.
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Interviewee T.M., 1963-
Subject 1 Skilled tradeswomen
Subject 2 Roofers
Subject 3 General contractors
Classification
Coverage Metro Detroit; 1980's-2005
Resource Type Text
Language
Permissions & Copyright Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs
Access Rights No direct quotation permitted
Date Recorded 2005-03-31
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 0866
Date Of Record Creation 2009-09-28 11:01:10
Collection ID 1942
Date Of Record Release 2013-04-25 16:56:19
Repository address 5401 Cass Ave
Date Last Modified 2013-04-25 16:56:19
Repository city
Repository state
Repository URL http://www.reuther.wayne.edu/
Contact Name LeFevre, William
Contact Email Address reutherreference@wayne.edu

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