Labor Day, indeed.
It’s not news that women have historically been dominant when it comes to household work, while playing second-fiddle in the office and boardroom. But what’s interesting is looking back on how it was approached, to an extent, through the lens of historic photos.
One set of photos below, from the 1940s, shows a booklet that was intended to assist male bosses in supervising their new female employees at RCA plants. What’s unfortunate is that while the advice provided was surprisingly thorough, helpful and useful — and if the same guidelines were followed today, workers would be so lucky — it’s directed just at women, which makes is reek of shameful sexism.
The second set of photos, from the 1920s, shows women demonstrating “correct postures for various forms of housework,” as seen in a spread for Delineator magazine. While the form might be spot-on, it’s too bad there weren’t some men demonstrating it, too.
Take a look at how women learned to be their best — for the sake of men:
All images used with permission from Retronaut.co
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