Dr. Vivian Price interviewed by Abby Waldrop, September 27, 2016, Dominguez Hills, California, Oral History #5935, transcript, Women Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage, Center for Oral and Public History, California State University, Fullerton.
An oral history of Vivian Price, former electrician, union organizer, women in trades organizer, and current professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at California State University, Dominguez Hills. The purpose of this interview is to gather information regarding women in grassroots and activist movements in Southern California. This interview is part of the Women, Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage Oral History Project. Specifically, this interview talks about Price’s childhood in Ohio; describes moving to New York; talks about the impact of her teachers; describes being surrounded by many different friends of different backgrounds and how this influenced her thinking; mentions the role of social justice in her home; discusses her educational background; recalls her involvement in helping the Palestinian community; explains the difficulty in find work in academia, and notes this is why she took her first factory job; remembers being fired from many jobs because she was a woman in a traditionally male-dominated field; discusses her initial involvement with the electrician trade; talks about moving from job to job; shares her involvement in creating Electric Women, a support group for women in the trade; recalls going back to school for her PhD; details gender discrimination and mistreatment while working as an electrician; mentions the benefits of unions; reveals what she is most proud of during her time in the electrical trade; speaks about her involvement in the Women’s Employment Project; shares why she thinks it is important for women to be involved in non-traditional trades; discusses her leadership style; reflects on the impact Hillary Clinton’s possible presidential election will have on women; notes that she is most proud of the documentary films she has made since becoming a professor; and finally, shares her pride in being an “out” lesbian in academia.
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