Oral Histories

Marge Oehlke

Marge Oehlke talks about promotions.

Marge Oehlke: Actually I find that one of the greatest aspects of working for the Postal Service doesincludetheir strict guidelines regarding salaries, for all of the employees and, the workplace environment. It’s the Fair Labor Standard Act which prohibits discrimination, you know, on-on basis of sex, and of course, you know, they have established guidelines and the Postal Service does strictly abide by those guidelines and regulations.

Jacqueline Moore

Jacqueline Moore remember the promotion of women in the service.

Jacqueline Moore: I would say if they passed all the tests, they seemed to have moved up the ladder quite a bit, quite fast, as you weren’t there for part of the meeting today, but over a half of the people now are females, oh-um, maybe little better than half so they were moving right along, uh, you had to be prepared and know what you were doing they didn’t cut you any slack but, um, basically I would say they were moving along. But I didn’t try to get into any of those places—probably where there were all men but I do have friends who moved into what we called the, uh, “Mahogany Row,” which was there all the bigwigs of postmasters or clerks or whatever it was they did over there, but quite a few women moved over in those positions, and I know quite a few of them today that are general managers, lot of postmistresses I suppose that’s what you call them male or female, and they all had worked up until they retired all of them are coming out just like I am, I have a girlfriend who is coming out and down in December, she’ll have 42 years. So yeah, so there and she’s-she was a clerk, although she’s moved from different places, uh, right now she works at the airport but, uh, they just move right along as long as you kept your, you know, did your work, come to work on-time, did whatever they asked of you, you got along and you just moved along. You have any place you wanted to go you would take the courses and applied for the job, most of them got what they wanted. But I can’t say that for every place because as I said I was just in Philadelphia that’s all, and I had no trouble with anyone.

Georgia Rucker

Georgia Rucker remembers her time as Los Angeles’ first female dock supervisor.

Georgia Rucker: I was promoted to supervisor, the first female in Los Angeles promoted to the dock as a dock supervisor. Only males had been promoted to work outside on the dock and supervised males. At that time, there were no females, um, assigned to work on the docks, load and unload trucks, and to load and unload our cars that go to the airplanes to put the mail on the airplanes. And, I was told that there was opposition to my getting that position. But I had someone, um, who fought for the fact that I had earned the right to do that.