Alice Page and Winfield Page Interview, February 10, 1986


Gladys Peterson



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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 married. Page speaks about the few women that were able to complete higher education degrees in law schools, and how even those qualified for rigorous careers were often ignored or paid significantly less than their male counterparts. Alice Page’s husband, Winfield Page, speaks about the women in the workforce he encountered in his various jobs throughout the early and mid-20thcentury. He discusses the advantages of having separate women’s and men’s work, and offers examples to emphasize his point.


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Document Type

Oral History


Page, Winfield E., 1904-1994 – Interviews; Page, Alice J., 1909-1991 – Interviews; Peterson, Gladys M., 1920-1996; Bierman, Jessie M., 1900-1996; Women employees -- Montana – Interviews; Women -- Employment -- Montana -- History -- 20th century; Women’s rights; Women in the workforce; Rosie the Riveter; Depressions -- 1929 -- Montana -- Personal narratives; Depression, 1929-1939; World War, 1939-1945 -- Economic aspects -- United States; Montana attorneys, women; Women -- Montana -- Economic conditions -- History -- 20th century; Women -- Montana -- Social conditions -- History -- 20th century; Women -- Employment -- United States -- Public opinion -- History -- 20th century; Women employees -- Montana -- Attitudes -- History -- 20th century; Missoula (Mont.) -- Economic conditions -- History -- 20th century; Wages -- Women -- History -- 20th century; Sex discrimination in employment -- History -- 20th century; Sex role in the work environment -- History -- 20th century; Sexual division of labor -- History -- 20th century

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Women in the Workplace Oral History Project, OH 158, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 /

Oral History Number

OH 158-001a

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (16 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:39:34 minutes

Local Filename

OH_158_001_a.mp3; OH_158_001_a.pdf

Alice Page and Winfield Page Interview, February 10, 1986