This collection includes three interviews detailing the experiences of women in the Missoula, Montana workforce from the 1920s to the 1960s. The interviews were conducted in 1986 by Gladys Peterson. The interviewees discuss women working in the post office, the library, and for the U.S. Forest Service, as well as general attitudes about women entering the workforce, and how those attitudes evolved throughout the 20th century. The original interviews are held as Oral History collection OH 158 at Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula.
This collection includes 3 interviews.
Alice Page and Winfield Page
Alice Page discusses women’s working conditions in Montana throughout the Depression and World War Two in the United States. She delves into the pressures women felt to work or not work, depending on the financial stability in their homes and whether or not they were ... Read More
Evelyn Swant discusses her experiences as a librarian in Montana in the mid-1900s. Swant explained that most women working in that time period were young and unmarried, though many women entered the workforce throughout the Great Depression and World War Two in order to support ... Read More
Guy Rogers discusses his experience with women working in the U.S. Postal Service after World War Two in Missoula, Montana. Rogers recounts his personal work history and path to the postal service, and the challenges of implementing the Equal Pay Act of 1962. He recalls ... Read More