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Women in Railroading- Special Program at Steamtown National Historic Site


(WBRE/WYOU-TV) Women, of course, can do anything a man can do.

    During World War II, women filled a vital role with the nation’s railroads, although they didn’t receive equal pay for their work.

    There is a program at Steamtown Historic site on Saturday celebrating Women’s History Month and their past and present roles in the railroad industry.

     Photojournalist Joseph Butash takes us to the historic site.

  “I portray “Rosie the Railroader” who worked on the railroad in 1943. Took the same job her brother had because he went overseas to fight in World War II. They didn’t get paid as much as the men” Said, Caroline Dann. “Rosie the Railroader” 1943.

   “Women can definitely do any of this stuff today. They did it once upon a time, then for some reason, it just stopped. The war was over! Everyone went back to the kitchen and had families, “Explained Samantha Kuczynski, Steamtown National Historic Site Volunteer.

  “Set a goal for what you want to do, and make sure you reach the goal that you want to do, because there’s not a thing in the world that you can’t do if you set your mind to it. If you are interested in it, it’s a very interesting experience. It’s such a challenge, and everything’s a challenge in it, nothing is easy,” said Lori Staely, Park Guide

  “I love every aspect of it. It’s just amazing, just being out there, working with all these people, meeting all these people. All these little kids who come in for their first train ride, and they’re just so excited!!!! Said Samantha Kuczynski.

  Joe Butash asked “Do you believe women can do any job a man can do in the railroad industry and better?  Brenda Kille, a National Historic Site Volunteer was quick to answer  “Yes, we can always do whatever a man does, Yes”.

The special program about Women in Railroading takes place tomorrow Saturday (Saturday, March 16)  at noon and 2:00 pm.

The park is open to 10 am to 4 pm Tomorrow and admission and the women’s program are free

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