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Women at Work

I couldn’t resist this from Kim Gooden in the Washington City Paper:

Back in 1943, Transportation Magazine published 11 tips for (male) managers on how to handle the new, necessary influx of lady employees in the workplace. Here are four of the most vital:

1. Pick young married women. They usually have more of a sense of responsibility than their unmarried sisters, they’re less likely to be flirtatious, they need the work or they wouldn’t be doing it.

3. General experience indicates that ‘husky’ girls—those who are just a little on the heavy side—are more even tempered and efficient than their underweight sisters.

4. Retain a physician to give each woman you hire a special physical examination—one covering female conditions. This step . . . reveals whether the employee-to-be has any female weaknesses which would make her mentally or physically unfit for the job.

8. Give every girl an adequate number of rest periods during the day. You have to make some allowances for feminine psychology. A girl has more confidence and is more efficient if she can keep her hair tidied, apply fresh lipstick and wash her hands several times a day.

4 Responses to “Women at Work”

  1. blue girl says:

    “Oh my goodness gracious,” she commented right before tidying her hair yet *again.*

  2. Diane says:

    Well, now… so it’s my “husky” physique that helps me to be even tempered and efficient? whodathunkit?

    and all this time I thought it was maturity and hard work that brought me here! I’ll have to share this cutting edge info with my physician next time he tells me I need to lose weight;-)

  3. Pearl says:

    Wow. Times change and don’t always stay the same (wince) at least I hope not.

    jb says: Good to look back, though, Pearl. So we can gauge how far we came.

  4. Michelle says:

    Well I think its great. Ive just told my male boss that I need more breaks through the day to build my confidence and make me more efficient in my work. FAB. I even have it in writing to prove it. Its like having a doctors line.

    jb says: Hi Michelle. Glad you like it. I find, when clouds are grey and everything is overcast, there will always be someone who’ll come through for you.