Robinson Gail Employment 2

Gail Robinson worked as an administrative assistant at the Knoxville Women’s Center from about 1974-1977. While working there, she interacted with and became friends with many of the women who were or became local leaders of the Women’s movement in Knoxville, Tennessee. While she does not consider herself a feminist, nor did she at the time, she describes how her time at the Knoxville Women’s Center positively affected her self-confidence and assertiveness. In this interview, she discusses her childhood experiences and her mother’s hard work and self-sacrifice; working at Standard Knitting Mills, then the Knoxville Women’s Center, where she provided administrative support, field calls and visits from the public, and worked on the job training program; and, reactions to the Women’s Center from her neighbors and friends in the African American community.