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Terri Patterson Oral History

Terri Patterson is a structural ironworker with Ironworkers Local 25 and a third generation Native American ironworker. In this interview Terri describes the apprentice program and the classes. Many of her male relatives are in the field and she describes some of her experiences working with them. Patterson emphasizes that feminism and women’s rights never played a role or affected her desire to work in the iron field and that her relatives in the trade, her tomboy nature, and appearance probably factored into her success. Patterson questions her future in the profession as she is not sure how much longer she wants to work in the field because of the physical abuse the work inflicts on her body. Patterson mentions her activity in the union and closes the interview with her hopes for the future including plans to run for sergeant at arms, get involved as a mentor to female apprentices, and to form a support group for women ironworkers.
Interviewee Patterson, Terri, 1971-
Subject 1 Skilled tradeswomen
Subject 2 Ironworkers
Subject 3 Native Americans
Coverage Detroit, MI; 1989-2006
Resource Type Text
Permissions & Copyright Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs
Access Rights No restrictions
Date Recorded 2006-03-06
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 0868
Date Of Record Creation 2009-09-28 11:30:22
Collection ID 1942
Date Of Record Release 2013-04-25 17:03:58
Repository address 5401 Cass Ave
Date Last Modified 2013-04-25 17:03:59
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Contact Name LeFevre, William
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