Repository: Wayne State University, Walter P. Reuther Library
Title: Elaine Crawford Oral History
Interviewee: Crawford, Elaine, 1949-
Description: Elaine Crawford was the first women hired at the Ford Motor Co. Rouge engine plant since the Korean War. She was encouraged by a coworker to take the skilled trades test and after scoring very high decided to become an electrician until the oil crisis of 1973. After the setback with the skilled trades Crawford took a job with the City of Detroit at the Waste Water plant and soon was able to fill a vacancy as an electrical repair woman. Crawford recalls what it was like to be one of two women working on a job and the adjustment it took to work in such an environment. Crawford became active in the IBEW Local 58 as an officer and committee member. She discusses her experience as a woman in Local 58, as an officer, and the localsí attitude toward women. She concludes the interview by considering the future of women in trade unions.
Subject 1: IBEW Local 58
Subject 2: Skilled tradeswomen
Subject 3: Electricians
Classification: Work
Labor -- Labor movement -- Women
Institutions -- Wayne State University, Walter P. Reuther Library
Coverage: Detroit, MI; 1971-2004
Resource Type: Text
Language: English
Permissions & Copyright: Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs
Date Recorded: 2004-02-16
Release Flag: OK for Viewing
Transcript Format: Paper
Interviewer: Raucher, Margaret; Advisory Group Members
Collection Name: Metro Detroit Skilled Tradeswomen Oral History Project
Collection Description: Interviews with women in a variety of construction and maintenance trades conducted between 2004 and 2006.
Oral History ID: WPR 0856
Date Of Record Creation: 2009-09-25 13:58:44 (W3C-DTF)
Collection ID: 1942
Date Of Record Release: 2013-04-25 16:47:49
Date Record Checked: 2009-09-25 (W3C-DTF)
Repository address: 5401 Cass Ave
Date Last Modified: 2013-04-25 16:47:49 (W3C-DTF)
Repository city: Detroit
Repository state: Michigan
Repository URL: (URI)
Contact Name: LeFevre, William
Contact Email Address:

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