Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Tough Luck Snow White

How glad I am that times have changed.

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Should I have ever received a letter like this, this would have been my likely reaction...



That was just so good I had to share it !

12 comments:

jennine said...

it's ironic it's signed by the wicked witch...

i'd like to say that it's not true anymore, but i used to work at a place that was blatanly sexist, the people were nice, but the men and the women took very different jobs, and there was never a woman allowed to work in certain jobs. and that was in 2007, in San Francisco. So, i think there is still a long way for women to go.

docwitch said...

Brilliant.

And I agree with jennine - this kind of sexism is still rampant, only repackaged with a modern twist and sensibility.

That high-kicking girl is priceless!

Stepstotheleft said...

That's amazing. It must have been so frustrating living then for the girls who had independent thought.

Imelda Matt said...

J the irony wasn't lost on me and did my eyes deceive me or was tastefully worded letter signed by 'Mary'?

floraposte said...

So carefully worded, polite, firm but the message of "go back to the kitchen little woman" perfectly clear. The letters have changed but oh dear the message can stay the same. It is only 4 or 5 years ago when I worked in a place where they would not offer a job to a candidate who wore and engagement ring to an interview. "If she gets married she'll want to take time off to have babies" was the stated thinking!

Super Kawaii Mama said...

Jennine: That is sad to hear. I think that things in Australia must be very different as employers would be too scared to do this as a rule. I used to work in the recruitment business here and employers knew it wasn't the done thing unless they could prove a legal reason why a woman couldn't do the job. I did still come across a few dinosaurs who had issues with girls in the office if they weren't secretaries.

Doc Witch: I wonder if attitude varies by blue collar, white collar? At least we can do something about it these days.

Steps to the left: I imagine it would have been frustrating on so many levels. Particularly for women who were gainfully employed during the war effort, then discarded as "useless" women.

Imelda Matt: Indeed it was. Perhaps Mary wanted to keep the harem of colourists all to herself?

Floraposte: Makes you want to hit them in the head with your shoe.

Nokomi said...

I think reverse sexism still exists though. I used to work in an office that was a fairly alternative and 'new-agey' and predominantly filled with women. When a man would interview for a position, the CEO (a woman) would often comment to me afterwards how he wouldn't fit in because he wasn't as "feeling" as a woman interviewing for a position.

Don't get me wrong though, I'm certainly not condoning the kind of sexism that was the norm in the 30's!

And I wonder how the above-mentioned Mary felt when she had to type that letter and send it off to another woman?

Girl Japan said...

I wonder too.. blue collar vs white collar ... I hate sexism.. esp here in Japan... we still have ways to go yet..

but I want to seriously thank you for the advise on sewing, that information you provided is immeasurable... thank you millions..

sariti said...

the video is brilliant!

Vintage Verve said...

That was just so good, I had to play it three times :)

Great post - where ever did you find that letter?

georgeina said...

*Sighs*. Sometimes I wish for (good) manners and chivalry of old times, then remember, on seeing things like this, that boy, was there a flipside.

It must have driven women potty to be treated like this! Would this have anything to do with the popularity of antidepressants in the 60s and 70s?

esme and the lane way said...

HAHA that was awesome!

Erm. The letter was v. clear... silly girl. Aspiring to pouring the clever important men their coffee should surely be wondrous enough!

Thank goodness times are changing. They're far from perfect, but we have come a long way.