|Women afloat: serving at tables in the dining room of Matson's Mariposa II. Picture from Wellington Evening Post, Alexander Turnbull Libray EP/1956/2697-F.|
Reasons for women's exclusion
Patterns of pioneering
|Blanche Tucker (far right). Picture: University of Liverpool D42 PR6.10|
Matsons in the 1950s
What is this figure, a seagoing waitress?
Frances Steel's blog article on shipboard waitresses goes on to detail:
- the kind of women whom Matsons employed (not Pacific Islanders, and sometimes dental assistants and teachers)
- passengers' responses
- trade union opposition
- women's motivations and satisfactions
You can read more about women in shipboard catering in my book From Cabin "Boys" to Captains: 250 years of women at sea, pp.214-218. Greta Foff Paules has written interestingly about waitresses on land in Dishing it Out: Power and Resistance Among Waitresses in a New Jersey Restaurant.