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. 

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5 Responses Jan 26, 2012

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

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!


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

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?=-)

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