Old school HR department


Feministing posted a reader-submitted article on the practice of hiring women, circa 1943. It is, without a doubt, positively awful, and I read it wondering how our mothers and grandmothers avoided beating the snot out of anyone at work. But, I have to admit, it's also pretty hilarious to even imagine. Stand-outs include:

"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."

"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."

Lucky for our friend, The Job Stalker, any bozo who tried to pull these sorts of hiring shenanigans now would be in for a world of (legal, but probably also physical) hurt. I pity the fool, that's for sure.


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  • Oh, how far we have come, yet how far we have to go. I couldn't help but notice the women in the photo and the size of their waists. What do you think - 18-20 inches waists?

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