Women and Factory Work in Lexington During the Civil Rights Era

 The 1950’s-60’s was the peak of the Civil Rights Movement and Lexington, Kentucky was undergoing great changes.  Not much has been told about women’s roles in this time period, especially Kentucky women in the work force.  How were women treated in the new industries coming in to Lexington during this time period?  Were the women workers treated fairly?  If they were treated fairly, then how exactly were they treated differently? This project sets out to explore how women were treated in Lexington’s factories during this time period.  

This project is crafted by Shahreyar Shafei for HIS351 – Sisters in the Struggle – Fall 2010
in partnership with the Lexington History Museum



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