Pennsylvania Railroad women workers oral histories

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This collection consists of two interviews conducted in 1998 in West Chester, Pennsylvania with five women who worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad. They describe how they acquired their positions and their experiences working for the company. Topics discussed include wages, uniforms, sexism in the workplace, and the working environment during World War II.

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Interview with Marian F. McIntyre, Doris T. Fryer, Geraldine Vassallo, and Katherine Dorchard, 1998 March 13 [audio](part 1)
The railroad workers describe how they got their positions and what work they performed. They discuss sexism on the job, wages, uniforms and working during wartime. Interview conducted at Friends Meeting House in West Chester, Pa.
Interview with Marian F. McIntyre, Doris T. Fryer, Geraldine Vassallo, and Katherine Dorchard, 1998 March 13 [audio](part 2)
Concluding discussion of women railroad workers about working for the railroad. Interview conducted at Friends Meeting House in West Chester, Pa.
Interview with Kay Dworchak, 1998 May 8 [audio]
Kay Dworchak describes her upbringing in Philadelphia, how she acquired a job with the Pennsylvania railroad and her experiences working for the company.