“When women live alone they have trouble with the furnace.”

Today I had the opportunity to go through some very old books, and if you know me, you know I never pass up an opportunity to go through some very old books.

A book written in 1946 on marriage and family issues particularly caught my eye, because these kinds of books always present such an … INTERESTING perspective. This one certainly did not disappoint.

Here’s a quote.

“In countless apartments over the nation two or three girls — secretaries, stenographers, department store clerks — live by twos or threes, together. They make their toast and coffee in the morning over the little burner, they eat their meals together at night perhaps. Though they have all the dainty things that woman’s fingers prepare for a home, it may be, yet they must go out through the day and toil to make a living for themselves. And when women live alone they have trouble with the furnace. They do not know what to do when a window sticks. And they always feel certain limitations out in the world of commerce. There is a place in business for a woman as an assistant to man, but any woman who runs a business of her own, who meets the world on its own terms, often feels her frailty, often feels the need for stronger hands and shoulders and a bolder brain than her own.”

Gulp.

Excuse me, sir, what you said there is not entirely correct. I do know what to do when a window sticks. I will simply BREAK IT OVER YOUR HEAD! Except wait, guess I’d better not do that ….. since you have a “bolder brain” and all.

This kind of stuff is hilarious and disturbing at the same time. And I would just like to say that I’m glad I live now, in a time when women have more options and aren’t put in box quite as much. I mean, “they always feel certain limitations out in the world of commerce” — wow. “There is a place in business for a woman as an assistant to man” — really?!! Granted, in a global sense the world is still a difficult place to be a woman, but at least in the USA maybe we have made a leeetle progress since 1946. Good job USA.

That’s all I have for now. If anyone needs me, I’ll be in the kitchen making “dainty things” with my “woman’s fingers.”

Unless I feel some frailty coming on, that’s all.

 

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2 comments

  1. Anna

    HAHA! can’t say I have dainty fingers either…or any type of homemaking skill/interest to use them on. Pretty sure running a business and “meeting the world on my own terms” is right up my alley. How crazy and insulting…where did you find this?! lol!

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