On Pins and Needles: A Segregated Work Force
The Donnelly Garment Company (DGC) was no exception to the racial discrimination and segregation that was pervasive in the U.S. in the first half of the twentieth century. Only janitorial jobs at the DGC were available to Black men and women. Though the white women who worked as seamstresses were effusive in their praise of the clean, safe working conditions at the DGC, there is no evidence they challenged the injustices experienced by their Black coworkers. Indeed, the segregation of the workforce may have contributed to some white workers’ perceptions that DGC was an ideal workplace community.