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Auburn in DeKalb County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Women Employees

Auburn Automobile Company Workers

 
 
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Photographed By Craig Doda, November 13, 2021
1. Women Employees Marker
Inscription.  
The story of women workers at the Auburn Automobile Company is a narrative of social change in Auburn and DeKalb County. Employment at the auto company permitted women to become co-breadwinners in their families during lean times. Although money was tight, the new role afforded them freedom to participate in recreational activities and gave them power as consumers. Despite the increase in social freedom. women continued to adhere to the community's agrarian values of hard work. family and religion. During times of peak production, it was not uncommon for women employees to work more than 10 hours a day, six days a week.

The women employed by the Auburn Automobile Company labored in many occupations and were from various economic and social backgrounds. These women often worked as secretaries, stenographers, telephone operators, trim shop workers and upholsterers. They were employed in these roles because many women possessed the necessary skills for these jobs that most men lacked. The poor economy of the Great Depression caused many young women to live at the family home longer, marry later and maintain extended
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employment in the workforce. From 1925 to 1935, 27 percent of the employees were women. In the social setting of the time, it was a giant stride for an automobile company.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRoads & VehiclesWomen. A significant historical year for this entry is 1925.
 
Location. 41° 21.376′ N, 85° 3.476′ W. Marker is in Auburn, Indiana, in DeKalb County. Marker is on South Van Buren Street south of Walnut Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1503 Wayne St, Auburn IN 46706, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Frank Eckhart (here, next to this marker); Men Employees (here, next to this marker); Augie Duesenberg (a few steps from this marker); Fred Duesenberg (a few steps from this marker); Auburn / Cord (a few steps from this marker); Duesenberg (a few steps from this marker); Robert Wiley (within shouting distance of this marker); Gordon Buehrig (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Auburn.
 
Women Employees Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, November 13, 2021
2. Women Employees Marker
Women Employees Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, November 13, 2021
3. Women Employees Marker
Women Employees Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, November 13, 2021
4. Women Employees Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 14, 2021, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 95 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 14, 2021, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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