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Batter Up!
Beyond the Job


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New Jersey Turnpike Central League’s Sylvia Evernham may have bowled a 207, but did she—or any of her fellow bowlers—think about the fact that women were playing on separate teams?

The separation, actually not unusual for the time, mirrored larger trends at the Turnpike Authority. While women held various jobs on the Turnpike in its early years, they were largely in administrative and secretarial areas. Consider that not until 1974 was a woman hired as a toll collector.

 
“Hubby Cheers; Bowls 207” and “10 Top Pin-Ups,” from the Pike Interchange, March 1964
Collections of The New Jersey Historical Society, gift of Marie Koch
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