“My parents didn’t like it. They were very upset about my leaving St. Louis. I was just twenty-two years old. You know, Armenian girls stayed home until they got married, and you were looked at kind of funny if you left your family home before you got married. It just ‘wasn’t right.’ But I left. I moved in with Bernice and I went to work.” (1)

Alice Peurala left her parents’ home in Missouri to move to Chicago and work. Her parents were upset with the decisions she made because they felt that a girl’s place was in the home until she was married off, then she was to be in that home. However, Alice wanted to work. She worked numerous jobs in various factories and shops. She joined unions and strived to be an active woman in the work force. This where we see that some cultures and families want to keep the traditional roles alive; women in the home, men in the work force.

(1)Farrell, Brigid and Joyce L. Kornbluh. Rocking the Boat: Women, Unions, and Change, 1915-1975. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1996: 263


5 Comments Add yours

  1. What was the time frame for this one? You could connect this back to one of your first posts that show how much those values have not changed.

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  2. mlucas426 says:

    I feel like it would be useful to know the time period. I feel like it is post world war 2 but by telling us the time period you can also show a change in time since your first post. You could also talk a little about how culturally things are changing that makes women working outside the home more acceptable.

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  3. embartra says:

    Yes, a date will be very helpful. The selection we read from Orsi’s book on St. Jude might give you some good context here.


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