December 3, 1969 - Protest for Equal Jobs and Equal Pay for Women
Pacific Telephone, San Francisco
Pacific Telephone, one of the largest employers in California, continued to openly discriminate against women years after the 1964 Civil Rights Act had made it illegal. Women were only hired for low-paying jobs: clerks, phone operators, and secretaries. All the better-paying openings, like those involving installation, repair, or management, were the exclusive domain of men. When several women applied for advertised positions as telephone installers they were told that those jobs was closed to women - for their own safety. A few weeks later, feminist groups banded together and picketed. It was the first Women’s Rights Movement protest for equal access to jobs and equal pay for women anyone there - from senior management to switchboard operator - had seen.
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