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1943 Guide for Hiring Women

Discussion in 'Jokes and Humour' started by Milos, Dec 13, 2005.

  1. The following is an excerpt from the July 1943 issue of Transportation

    It was a guide for hiring women. This was serious and written for male
    supervisors of women in the work force during World War II - a mere 58 years
    ago! Obviously, the intent was not to be "funny" but, by today's standards,
    this is pretty hilarious!

    For those of you with efficiency issues, pay attention to #8.


    There's no longer any question whether transit companies should hire women for
    jobs formerly held by men. The draft and manpower shortage has settled that
    point. The important things now are to select the most efficient women
    available and how to use them to the best advantage. Here are eleven helpful
    tips on the subject from Western Properties:

    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, they 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 sometime 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's 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 also 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 a cross, service is likely to be slowed up.

    6. Give the female employee a definite day-long schedule of duties so that
    they'll 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 can't 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'll 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 can't be stressed too much in keeping women happy.

    My note regarding No. 11 - Making the uniforms one size smaller will keep
    the men happy :D