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The problems of pipefitting and pregnancy, carpentry and child care, truck driving and femininity—these peculiar parings characterize the lives of an often unsung group of women. They are women who have entered the traditionally male-dominated world of the trades. They are women whom we meet in Alone in a Crowd, as twenty-five women who are blue-collar workers tell us in their own words what it is like to be a woman and a machinist or an electrician or a tugboat mate. Here are women who wear lipstick on the line and women who wear steel-toed boots in the yard, women who trade sexual wisecracks with their male coworkers and women who keep to themselves, women who want to get ahead and women who want out. In this book their actual voices speak to us about their nontraditional work and their nontraditional lives.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Series Page
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Foreword
  2. Jane LaTour
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xv
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Feminism
  2. pp. 3-6
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  1. Mary Rathke, steel hauler
  2. pp. 7-18
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  1. Laura Pfandler, pipefitter
  2. pp. 19-24
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  1. Diana Clarke, fire fighter
  2. pp. 25-33
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  1. Elaine Canfield, carpenter
  2. pp. 34-40
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  1. Irene Hull, shipwright/bindery worker
  2. pp. 41-50
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  1. Occupational Safety and Health
  2. pp. 51-52
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  1. Angela Summer, plumber
  2. pp. 53-63
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  1. Kathryn Brooke, soldier/long-haul trucker/bus driver
  2. pp. 64-75
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  1. Teresa Selfe, sailor
  2. pp. 76-90
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  1. Nora Quealey, truck assembly line worker
  2. pp. 91-97
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  1. Race
  2. pp. 99-100
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  1. Lydia Vasquez, machine operator
  2. pp. 101-110
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  1. Geraldine Walker, shipscaler
  2. pp. 111-118
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  1. Amy Kelley, machinist
  2. pp. 119-131
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  1. Katie Murray, sheet metal worker
  2. pp. 132-139
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  1. Unions
  2. pp. 141-142
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  1. Jo Ann Johnson, painter
  2. pp. 143-149
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  1. Marge Kirk, concrete-truck driver
  2. pp. 150-163
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  1. Barbara Shaman, outside machinist
  2. pp. 164-175
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  1. Laura Sarvis, sawyer/bench worker
  2. pp. 176-183
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  1. Linda Lanham, union organizer
  2. pp. 184-189
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  1. Anna Brinkley, electrician
  2. pp. 190-202
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  1. Family
  2. pp. 203-204
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  1. Arlene Tupper, transit supervisor
  2. pp. 205-215
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  1. Kathy Baerney, telephone frameman
  2. pp. 216-225
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  1. Michelle Sanborn, label printer
  2. pp. 226-232
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  1. Beth Gedney, tugboat mate
  2. pp. 233-242
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  1. Sylvia Lange, gillnetter
  2. pp. 243-251
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  1. Beverly Brown, papermaker
  2. pp. 252-262
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 263-268
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