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StoryCorps Detroit: “I Work Like a Woman”

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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Carlena Murdy and her daughter Holly Gist-Richer

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.

Click the player at the top of the page to listen.

Want more? StoryCorps Detroit is a podcast. Click here to listen on wdet.org or subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, or your favorite podcasting app.

 

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This post is a part of StoryCorps Detroit.

Giving people of all backgrounds the opportunity to record meaningful conversations, StoryCorps seeks to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.​ StoryCorps Detroit showcases interviews that were recorded when the MobileBooth stopped in at the Detroit Institute of Arts in the summer of 2017. Those conversations are podcast here.


 

 

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