Women of Steel highlights the stories of women who worked at Bethlehem Steel’s Sparrows Point mill in Baltimore from the 1930s until the mill closed in 2012. In many cases, women endured discrimination, sexual harassment, and childcare challenges. They made choices and sacrifices as they weighed risks and rewards in search of camaraderie, respect, and a livable wage. The exhibition features photographs and first-person quotes from the women themselves.
The Women of Steel exhibition was made possible through gifts from Tradepoint Atlantic, PNC Bank, Robert Patterson, The Macht Fund of the Associated, and the Alvin & Louise Myerberg Family Foundation. Thanks to our lenders Bill Barry, Jennifer Bishop, and Dena Whitener. Special thanks to Deborah Rudacille, Mark Reutter, Bill Barry, Karen Olson, Michelle Stefano, and Bill Shewbridge, whose research provided the source material for the quotes featured in the exhibition.