No gender discrimination at the White Furniture Factory
Men and women at White's faced the same expectations for performance, Jones remembers.
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Oral History Interview with Ivey C. Jones, January 18, 1994. Interview K-0101. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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- JEFF COWIE:
Can you tell me who did what on the line? Were there certain jobs for
women and certain jobs for men, and things like that?
- IVEY C. JONES:
I could not say so at all. Women were expected to do jobs just like men
were. I don't think there were jobs that were chivalry-type
things. It was, we pay you to do this job so do
it. It wasn't the type of thing where some jobs were men jobs
and some jobs were women jobs.
We built tables like this dining room table right here, and women were
expected to lift this table and move it just like the men were. It was
type of thing that you are getting paid to do this job and you just do
it. I can't say they discriminated by saying some jobs were
women jobs and some jobs were men jobs, because to them a job was a job;
and as long as it needed to be done, they didn't care who did
it, as long as you're getting paid do it.