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Women Workers in Hawai‘i’s Pineapple Industry

Julia Souza

Julia Souza

“The foreman comes out; the supervisor or superintendent, or whoever. This one is a superintendent. That was Mr. (Marshall) Hjelte. He goes on a platform, and everybody is down below. He’s up on high like that. Then he looks, he goes, he look, look. He scan his eyes right around. And he goes like that (points), ‘You, you, you, come up.’ Everybody starts hustling and going up. Whoever. And if you’re not the right person, then he points his finger and he say, ‘No, not you. The other one.’ Then the other one’s coming up. And I was one of those that was selected at that particular day.” —Julia Souza

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