StoryCorps Detroit: “I Work Like a Woman”

A woman talks with her daughter about being the first female repairer at a Detroit auto factory.

Detroiter Carlena Murdy worked in an auto-parts factory at a time when being a woman in a trade-labor job was anything but common.

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“I actually had a very good reputation,” Murdy told her daughter Holly Gist-Richer. “My reputation was that I worked like a man. But I said, ‘No, I actually work like a woman.'”

In this StoryCorps Detroit segment, Murdy talks with her daughter about being a machine repairwoman at Hydromatic Willow Run. She also tells how she became a leader and educator in the field.

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