Women working in tobacco plant

Title

Women working in tobacco plant

Subject

Women in the workforce, Labor, Women

Description

In this picture, an African-American woman strips the center stems from tobacco. In some factories, employers paid women by "piecework" whereas others would pay by punch cards. Each pan of tobacco was one punch, generally worth about twenty-five cents. If workers could not make about eight punches per day, the factory would likely fire them.

Creator

United States Department of Labor

Source

Records of the Women's Bureau (1892-1995), General Photographic File (1893,1945), National Archives

Publisher

WCU, HIS 601/HON 451 Great Migration and Digital Storytelling, Spring 2016

Date

January 19, 1922

Contributor

Erica Knorr, Jason Miller

Format

JPG

Original Format

Photograph

Files

tobacco factory.jpg
tobacco factory.jpg


Citation

United States Department of Labor, “Women working in tobacco plant,” Goin' North, accessed June 5, 2023, https://goinnorth.org/items/show/744.