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the first year," says Billie, who endured foul language, slashed tires, and abusive phone calls. "That's not macho. That's dumb. It didn't scare me off." She contin ued moving fifty-pound banana boxes and lashing cargo containers together 200 feet in the air. Billie, who is divorced, lives with her mother and a 16-year-old sister as Los Angeles: City in Search of Itself well as her children. "I'm no women's lib ber. I'm just someone who had to go out and support her family." Now two more women have joined Billie and 2,200 men on the job. The Los Angeles-Long Beach port, including the West Basin (above), forms one of the largest harbor complexes in the world.