We Dig Coal: A Portrait of Three Women (1981) and We’re Here to Stay: Women in the Trades (1986)
Followed by a discussion with Susan J. von Salis, Associate Curator of Archives, Harvard Art Museum, and producer of We’re Here to Stay: Women in the Trades
6 p.m., Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe College Room, 10 Garden Street, Radcliffe Yard, 617-495-8647
We Dig Coal: A Portrait of Three Women (1981), directed by Geraldine Wurzburg, and We’re Here to Stay: Women in the Trades (1986), directed by Susan J. von Salis
With the theme “Working Women” in mind, We Dig Coal: A Portrait of Three Women demonstrates how, through courage, determination and persistence, Mary Louise Carson, Bernice Dombroski, and Marilyn McCusker won dangerous jobs as coal miners at the Rushton Mining Company in central Pennsylvania and overcame negative male attitudes. We're Here to Stay: Women in the Trades describes the experiences of women in various trades and advocates the expansion of career options for women. The film includes sketches and photos from the eighteenth and twentieth centuries of women engaging in activities such as shipbuilding, printing, mill work, and agriculture, as well as excerpts from interviews with eight Boston-area women working in male-dominated fields.
By: Daphne Strassmann