Award Date

5-1-2013

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

History

First Committee Member

Joanne Goodwin

Second Committee Member

Joanne Goodwin

Third Committee Member

Jay Coughtry

Fourth Committee Member

Michelle Tusan

Fifth Committee Member

Barbara G. Brents

Number of Pages

155

Abstract

This thesis describes three types of working women in Las Vegas, NV who performed non traditional women's work and who, through their ingenuity and hard work rose to the top of their fields. The first group of women were the little known women war workers at Basic Magnesium Inc who produced magnesium that was so importanat to the war effort. The second group of women worked in a corporate structure and, hired in entry level positions, were able to break the glass ceiling and rise to positions of managenemt. The third group of women were Realtors in Las Vegas who broke the grip on the male dominated Las Vegas Board of Realtors and, through education, inflitrated the board to hold positions as its officers. They became recognised as legitamete busness women and brought professionalism to the industry.

Keywords

Basic Magnesium Inc.; Businesswomen; Factories – Employees; Glass ceiling (Employment discrimination); Magnesium; Nevada – Las Vegas; Nontraditional work; Real estate; Women – Employment; Women real estate agents; World War II; World War (1939-1945)

Disciplines

Women's History | Women's Studies

Language

English


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