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 years after it was against the law. 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 open positions as telephone installers they were told that those jobs was closed to women - for their own safety. A few weeks later, a collation of different feminist groups banded together and picketed for equal access to jobs and equal pay for their work. It was the first time anyone at the phone company - from senior management to switchboard operators - had seen women demand an end to classifying jobs by gender.
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