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Interviews

This subsubseries consists of the Women’s Labour History Project oral histories, conducted by Sara Diamond through the 1970s and 1980s. These interviews document the experiences of working class women from the 1920’s through the 1950’s, and in som...

Lake Cowichan Group

File consists of 3 video interviews with Mrs. Atwal, Mrs. Maan, Mrs. Johal, and Mrs. Gill (first names excluded for privacy reasons). Subjects include: Immigrant experience; lives of Indo-Canadian women in 1940’s Lake Cowichan ; women’s contribu...

Buker, Nancy

File consists of 2 video interviews with Nancy Buker. Subjects include: Immigrating from Scotland to Saskatchewan; working at the Vancouver shipyards and Burrard Dry Dock; being shop steward with the steamfitters and plumbers union; Humphrey Creek...

Bullock, Ruth

File consists of 4 video interviews with Ruth Bullock. Subjects include: Early life on Salt Spring Island; domestic work; the Great Depression; injustices faced by women and girls; reproductive rights; the CCF; canning industry; assembly line work...

Dalskog, Marge

File consists of video interviews with Marge Dalskog. Subjects include: Life in BC logging camps; injury and death on the job; unionizing the forestry industry; IWA Ladies‘ Auxiliary; chauvinism at work and home; single motherhood; how the Auxilia...

Fordham, Elizabeth

File consists of 3 video interviews with Elizabeth Fordham. Subjects include: Immigration experience; clothes pressing; Great Depression; women’s labour movement; 1930’s pacifism; On To Ottawa Trek; 1934 West Coast waterfront strike; reproduction ...

Godfrey, Lil

File consists of 3 video interviews with Lil Godfrey. Subjects include: Logging at Lake Cowichan; domestic challenges; IWA Women’s Auxiliary; 1946 strike; Gordon’s general store; Indo-Canadian community in the Cowichan area; trade unionists labell...

Griffin, Betty

File consists of video interviews with Betty Griffin. Subjects include: Boeing factory work in WWII; Mayday Parade; Powell Street grounds demonstration; equal pay; Worker’s Educational Association; Miss Production contest; the war effort and Fasci...

Hilland, Gladys

File consists of video interviews with Gladys Hilland. Subjects include: Saskatchewan homesteading; farmer unionization 1930’s; Farmer’s Unity League; Sitka Spruce sawmill; women leaving industry post-WWII; 1946 strike; McCarthyism; International ...

Martin, May

File consists of video interviews with May Martin. Subjects include: Hotel and Restaurant Employees Union; bartenders; role of business agent; The Night Order; workplace harassment; 1946 Milwaukee Convention; expulsion from the union; opposition t...

Morgan, Mona

File consists of video interviews with Mona Morgan. Subjects include: Safety for housekeepers; BC Plywood office work; IWA; living conditions for loggers’ wives; wood industry racism; executive of Local 107; Women’s Auxiliaries; On to Ottawa trek;...

Nuttall, Emily

File consists of video interviews with Emily Nuttall. Subjects include: Waitressing in 1930’s Winnipeg; sexual harassment; union organizing; hotel and restaurant workers unions; hostility to feminism; purging “Reds” within trade unions (Vancouver)...

Olson, June

File consists of video interviews with June Olson. Subjects include: History of Lake Cowichan mill town; growing up in a logging family; forestry industry conditions during the Great Depression and war years; forestry industry safety issues; IWA W...

Person, Alice

File consists of video interviews with Alice Person. Subjects include: Arrival in BC; family living on welfare; working conditions and segregation on hop farms; domestic work; women’s rights; changes in employment with the outbreak of WWII.Alice P...

Rankin, Jonnie

File consists of video interviews with Jonnie Rankin. Subjects include: Vancouver during the Great Depression; WWII shipyard work; status of women in the Boilermakers Union; child care; equal pay; restaurant work; Labour Theatre Guild; Hotel and R...

Scott, Jean

File consists of video interviews with Jean Scott. Subjects include: Prairie life; domestic work; country hospital work; WWII; domestic abuse; Canadian Air Force; CCF; Political Action Committee; Canadian Congress of Labour; International Woodwork...

Seed, Irene

File consists of video interviews with Irene Seed. Subjects include: Youbou, BC; 1930s; nursing; life with a child in rural Vancouver Island; racial segregation in the forestry industry; Women’s Auxiliary; mill safety; Youbou loggers; widow’s pens...

Shiels, Jean

File consists of video interviews with Jean Shiels. Subjects include: Relief in the 1930’s; Women’s Unity League; the single unemployed; On to Ottawa trek; Mother’s Council; peace movement; League Against the War on Fascism; support for Spain in t...

Storm, Marjorie

File consists of video interviews with Marjorie Storm. Subjects include: Fraser Mills; sexual harassment; National Selective Service; Pacific Veneer, Canadian Forest Products; equa pay and access; New Democratic Party; domestic challenges; IWA Wo...

Sufrin, Eileen

File consists of video interviews with Eileen Sufrin. Subjects include: WWII attitudes towards unions; Cooperative Commonwealth Federation; moving from Ontario to BC; labour movement factionalization; unions and women’s issues; white collar unioni...

Tagashira, Masue

File consists of video interviews with Masue Tagashira. Subjects include: Village life in 1920s Japan; immigration experience; logging camp at Stave Lake; domestic work; language challenges for immigrant women; exploitation of women’s labour; Vanc...

Godfrey, Lil and June Olson

File consists of video interviews with Lil Godfrey and June Olson. Subjects include: How their mothers supported them as children; seasonal employment; IWA Women’s Auxiliary and the 1946 strike; red baiting; forming a community co-op grocery and c...

Marj Storm - Tape 1

Marjorie Storm talks about her first job in Vancouver at Fraser Mills; sexual harassment in the workplace; working at Boeing main Sea Island plant as a riveter and fitter; her placement by National Selective Service at Pacific Veneer (now Canadian...

Marj Storm - Tape 2

Marjorie Storm talks about actions by women for equal access to jobs; use of arbitration; the employers’ negative response to equal pay; pressure by women forestry workers for changes to the Human Rights Code and how, working through the union, ch...

Marj Storm - Tape 3

Marjorie Storm describes the physical layout of the plant and its’ activities; technological change in the mill and effect on employment; being a working mother; domestic challenges; 60-pound lift limits for women under the Factories Act; arbitrat...

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