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Women who broke barriers

 

March 29, 2011; posted Aug. 7, 2011

They came with their stories, their scars, and their well-tested senses of humor.

Tuesday's Forum heard from women who broke barriers in employment. Their stories are below, as only they can tell them. The day was organized to mark Women's History Month. The stories may well motivate a high school term-paper writer, or you, to go out and continue the fight for gender equality that surrounded their careers and lives.

Participants included, from left in picture above:

Shirley Fulton, retired judge and owner of the Wadsworth House;

Vicki Hamilton, retired Director of Athletics for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools;

Fannie Flono, associate editor, The Charlotte Observer;

Gail Sloan, in 1966 among the first two women hired as sworn officers on the Charlotte Police Department;

Clara Williams, hired in 1971 as a secretary and within 3 months on the air with her own show, "Right On," at WBTV;

Sarah Stevenson, co-founder of the Forum and its regular moderator, who helped merge  the Charlotte-Mecklenburg black and white PTAs, and in 1980 was the first black woman elected to the CMS Board of Education.

 The panel had time for only three questions. The second question was directed to and answered by Flono. Fulton departed before the panel got to the third question. Stevenson moderated, and addressed only one of the questions. Some of the "introductory comments" audio clips capture Stevenson's introduction of the speaker; some do not.

 

Shirley Fulton

 

 Introductory comments

 Q1 How did male counterparts treat you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vicki Hamilton

 

 Introductory comments

 Q1 How did male counterparts treat you?

 Q3 How do you gauge when discrimination is real, then how you determine the appropriate response?

Fannie Flono

 

 Introductory comments

 Q1 How did male counterparts treat you?

 Q2 Explain your role in Young Voices in the Observer

 Q3 How do you gauge when discrimination is real, then how you determine the appropriate response?

Gail Sloan

 

 Introductory comments

 Q1 How did male counterparts treat you?

 Q3 How do you gauge when discrimination is real, then how you determine the appropriate response?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clara Williams

 

 Introductory comments

 Q1 How did male counterparts treat you?

 Q3 How do you gauge when discrimination is real, then how you determine the appropriate response?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Stevenson


 Q1 How did male counterparts treat you?

 

 

 

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