Hard at Work: Women at the Amana Refrigeration Company, 1950-1970

Mar 03, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Meeting Room D


In the early 1950s, the Amana Refrigeration Company experienced a burgeoning demand for freezers, refrigerators, and air conditioners. Finding good solid workers for the booming appliance business proved challenging, however, as the isolated location in rural Iowa made a working class population scarce. Amana decided in order to recruit enough employees, they would open the factory doors to women as well as men. Though they appreciated their new jobs, the women struggled with the transition from farm to factory.

Through her research, Dr. Cori Derifield demonstrates the way in which women at Amana used the factory and their common rural identity to form a working class consciousness. Presented by the State Historical Society of Iowa.

This is a virtual program. Contact the Reference Desk to register to view with us in Room D or pre-register to view from home. A different program every Wednesday in March in celebration of Women’s History Month!

Face masks and social distancing are required for events and programs.