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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Ivey C. Jones, January 18, 1994. Interview K-0101. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

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.