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Offensive? Maybe, But We've Come A Long Way In 70 Years

This article appeared in 1943 in a magazine called "Mass Transportation."  For those who may find it offensive, the good news is that we've come a long way.  If it seems funny, it's because of how far we've come in much of the world.  I'm a man, but I have women in my life and family who should have the same opportunities that I or men in my life and family have.  My 16-year-old daughter's comment as I read this article to her was: "I feel angry on the inside."

The only change here is that employee was originally spelled "employe" when the article was published.

11 Tips on Getting More Efficiency Out of Women Employees

 

1. Pick young married women. They usually have more of a sense of responsibility than their unmarried sisters. They are less likely to be flirtatious. They need the work, or they would not be doing it. The still have the pep and interest to work hard and to deal with the public efficiently.

 

2. When you have to use older women, try to get ones who have worked outside the home at some time in their lives. Older women who have never contacted the public have a hard time adapting themselves and are inclined to be cantankerous and fussy. It is always well to impress upon older women, the importance of friendliness and courtesy.

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 not only protects the property against the possibilities of lawsuit, but reveals whether the employee-to-be has any female weaknesses which would make her mentally or physically unfit for the job. 

 

5. Stress at the outset, the importance of time; the fact that a minute or two lost here and there makes serious inroads on schedules. Until this point is gotten across, service is likely to be slowed up. 

 

6. Give the female employee a definite day-long schedule of duties so that they will keep busy without bothering the management for instructions every few minutes. Numerous properties say that women make excellent workers when they have their jobs cut out for them, but that they lack initiative in finding work themselves. 

 

7. Whenever possible, let the inside employee change from one job to another at some time during the day. Women are inclined to be less nervous and happier with change. 

 

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. 

 

9. Be tactful when issuing instructions or in making criticisms. Women are often sensitive; they cannot shrug off harsh words the way men do. Never ridicule a woman - it breaks her spirit and cuts off her efficiency. 

 

10. Be reasonably considerate about using strong language around women. Even though a girl's husband or father may swear vociferously, she will grow to dislike a place of business where she hears too much of this.

11. Get enough size variety in operator's uniforms so that each girl can have a proper fit. This point cannot be stressed too much in keeping women happy. 


WildeOscar WildeOscar 51-55, M 9 Responses Jan 26, 2012

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Does make me wonder how different the article would be if written in 1843.

Thank god i am the boss here. Being a woman of delicate mental character and emotional. I think i need a nap and to wash my face and re apply my lipstick before changing jobs so as to prevent my boredom. And just in case it is all to much let me say, "Go take a flying ****, this chick has business to do. So get out of the way boys. Mama need a new well fitting pair of shoes"<br />
Wow that article put some fire under my ***

Just don't beat the crap out of the next man you encounter. The guy who wrote this has probably been dead for 30 years.

i promise to not wound anyone. I just stomped my feet a little and unruffled my feathers.

Wow I sit and cringe! I have to admit, that where I worked, woman were viewed incapable of some jobs, but then viewed as vastly superior to men at other jobs? I always felt this was a slap in the face, but it is what it is, all we can do is keep kicking the stupid people until things get changed, <br />
Smart man that Einstein dude!

I guess I'm fortunate to have always worked for companies that had a good number of women in executive positions. There is always the ignorant oddball shooting his or her mouth off, but they tend to be isolated and not likely to move up in today's workplace. I wouldn't work for a company in which this kind of gender bias was still institutionalized and rewarded, but I know they're out there.

. . . or was this training manual recently written by you to address potential issues with the women in your office?

Have you been peeking as my Manifesto again? I'm not ready to go public with that yet. It's written mostly in crayon at this point.

All sound advice, Oscar, even to this day. Fits me to a "T", although I never, ever wash my hands while in the typing pool.<br />
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I know this is primarily from a U.S. perspective and the existing barriers are hard to see but, I believe, they will all crumble when a female president is elected. Well, the right female president. <br />
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I wonder how it is in other countries where a female is or has held the nation's highest office? Do German countrymen see Merkel and first think, "woman"?

Not after she's given her definite day-long schedule. Actually, I and most people viewed Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan as equals, and her as his intellectual superior.

This is amazing. I actually find it hard to believe this was only 70 years ago. We have indeed come along way and thank godness!!

One little bit at a time.

RATE UP :)

Number three is my absolute favourite!<br />
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. . . "husky girls" . . . Lmao!

Thus the need for a variety of sizes of operators' uniforms. :)

I know! Hahaha aha! - this is still making me laugh! =)

Well holy hockey pucks .. I hope my boss reads this and realizes I am just a sensitive , emotional basket case in need of constant instruction and change !! lol... wow where are a good pair of nunchuks when you need them no?=-)

Seems that somebody needs a rest period.

Ive got some nunchucks hangin down from my hagis Softness. Grab em any time.