WOMEN AND THE WORKPLACE

With the challenge of developing new skills, women in South Portland faced a burden that their fellow male colleagues did not. They had to prove their competence and abilities to male coworkers and employers as well as their friends, family, and neighbors. Women with families also had to juggle home and work responsibilities.

I would much rather build ships than do housework any day, and there is plenty of opportunity for every woman here. The men don't mind working with women and that goes for the women, too.

Geraldine E Bishop - Straightener's Helper “The Keel” West Yard Newspaper, 194_

The South Portland Shipyards encouraged both male and female workers to take classes to improve skills or move into other jobs. The Shipyards had at least one female welding instructor—Myrtle (Welch) Centifante, from Portland, who worked from 1944 to closing. Neighbors helped watch the children together and businesses altered their hours to allow time for shopping.

Lipstick Cartoon

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First Supervisor

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Women Make History

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Lucille Nutt's Helmet

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Yard Bird 1943

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Women Clean-Up Crew

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Touch-Up Artist

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Badges

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Canoe Cartoon

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Women's Photos at Work

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Glamour with Kerchiefs

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High Heels

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KEEL Group

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KEEL newspaper

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Training Selections

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Women at Work

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Women at Work

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Honolulu Cartoon

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