Service Awards Ceremony, 1967

Commissioners William Bowes and Stanley Earl with David Westby, Esther Haworth, and two other city employees at the 1967 Service Awards ceremony, 1967. For more information on Esther Haworth, click here.


City of Portland (OR) Archives, A2001-007.391.


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3 thoughts on “Service Awards Ceremony, 1967

  1. “Girl”? Ester Haworth didn’t look like a girl in any of these photos. I’m sure the men in the fire department weren’t referred to as boys; well, perhaps they used the term “good ‘ol boy” in private with each other.

    Regarding Portland’s style of City Government: of the 30 most populous cities in the United States, Portland is the only city with a commission government. In the Commission style of city-government, commissioners are granted legislative, administrative, and to some degree, judicial powers – in other words, there are “poor” checks on power. A measure to change to the council-manager form of government was defeated 76%-24% on the May 2007 ballot. Looks like Portland’s city government has a good thing going for itself.

  2. Esther, I don’t know you, but in the universe of our amazing Oregon Women’s History, you are another star. You broke through the glass when it was much thicker, the ceiling was much lower. You were given an award for your effort, contributions, and perseverance. Despite any inequality you endured–less pay, sexism, et al–I’m sure the young girls that saw you those days are eternally grateful for women like you that showed the way things could and, and still today, should be.

    Happy Women’s Month everyone.

    Fyi, for this post only, thumbs down are equal to ten thumbs up! Woohoo! (I’m a male, so I’m prettttty sure I get to make up the rules that suit my wants. Bam! Go girls!)

  3. I got my first job (other than babysitting) in 1969 at a Savings & Loan, where all the women were called “girls” and were called by their first names only — “Liz” and “Susie” and so forth. All the men were “gentlemen” and we had to call them “Mr. [Last name here].” We women were quite well aware of the sexism. Overtly we obeyed the convention but inwardly we didn’t respect those “gentlemen” any more than they deserved.

    For those who might be wondering where the conversation about the use of “girl” came from — click on the link to the information about Esther Haworth.

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