This book is a great indicator of what women/"girls" have accomplished in the past 60 plus years.
A handbook of career suggestions for girls in 1951, t...moreThis book is a great indicator of what women/"girls" have accomplished in the past 60 plus years.
A handbook of career suggestions for girls in 1951, the emphasis is on clerical work, shop keeper, nursing (as opposed to MD), homemaker, personnel worker (clerical), and household servant.
The book provides a frank look at opportunities in the more advanced fields, such as engineering (don't even think of being an electrical engineer but a lucky few MIGHT make it in civil engineering), medicine (*MD) (might make it in OBGYN or Dermatology; not a chance in surgery, orthopedics, ENT), office work (some very talented and driven might make the transfer from clerical to management if properly educated, but don't even think of starting there), teaching at a University level (don't even think of making it to full professor), etc.
Much emphasis is placed upon the value and need to household workers and how it is a valued and valuable career where a girl can become one of the family.
I wonder how often that happened, but the book does attempt to take away the supposed stigma of being a "maid."
Finally, the book emphasizes the great good that could come of getting a job in government (entering at the clerical level) or joining the armed forces.
All in all a very interesting read and perspective-giving view.(less)