StoryCorps Detroit Podcast: “I Work Like a Woman”

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Carlena Murdy and her daughter Holly Gist-Richer

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. 

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 episode of the StoryCorps Detroit podcast, 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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StoryCorps Detroit is hosted by Sascha Raiyn. This episode was produced by Laura Herberg and mixed by Brandon Woods. The interview featured in this episode was edited by Brandon Woods and originally recorded by StoryCorps at the Detroit Institute of Arts in the summer of 2017. The StoryCorps Detroit theme music is by Will Sessions.

 

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Aired on: StoryCorps Detroit
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About the Author

Laura Herberg

Community Reporter

Covers stories about the people inhabiting the metro Detroit region and the issues that affect through sound-rich storytelling. Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter 2017.

Follow @DetroitLaura

Sascha Raiyn

Reporter & Producer

Native Detroiter who grew up listening to news and music programming on Detroit Public Radio.

sraiyn@wdet.org   Follow @raiyn

Brandon Woods

Associate Producer

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