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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Women in the Workplace Oral History Project, OH 158, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (16 p.: 28 cm.)
Page, Alice and Page, Winfield, "Alice Page and Winfield Page Interview, February 10, 1986" (1986). Women in the Workplace Oral History Project. 3.