How to hire a woman

1943 Job Standards and Rules for Hiring Women.

The following is an excerpt from the July 1943 issue of Transportation Magazine. This was serious and written for male supervisors of women in the work force during World War ll.

Eleven Tips on Getting More Efficiency Out of Women Employees:

There's no longer any question whether transit companies should hire women for jobs formerly held by men. The draft and manpower shortage has settled that point. The important things now are to select the most efficient women available and how to use them to the best advantage. Here are eleven helpful tips on the subject from Western Properties:

1. Pick young married women. They usually have more of a sense of responsibility than their unmarried sisters, they're less likely to be flirtatious, they need the work or they wouldn't be doing it, they still have the pep and interest to work hard and to deal with the public efficiently.

2. When you have to use older women, try to get ones who have worked outside the home at some time in their lives. Older women who have never contacted the public have a hard time adapting themselves and are inclined to be cantankerous and fussy. It's always well to impress upon older women the importance of friendliness and courtesy.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. Stress at the outset the importance of time - the fact that a minute or two lost here and there makes serious inroads on schedules. Until this point is gotten across, service is likely to be slowed up.

6. Give the female employee a definite day-long schedule of duties so that they'll keep busy without bothering the management for instructions every few minutes. Numerous properties say that women make excellent workers when they have their jobs cut out for them, but that they lack initiative in finding work themselves.

7. Whenever possible, let the inside employee change from one job to another at some time during the day. Women are inclined to be less nervous and happier with change.

8. Give every girl an adequate number of rest periods during the day.You have to make some allowances for feminine psychology. A girl has more confidence and is more efficient if she can keep her hair tidied, apply fresh lipstick and wash her hands several times a day.

9. Be tactful when issuing instructions or in making criticisms. Women are often sensitive; they can't shrug off harsh words the way men do. Never ridicule a woman - it breaks her spirit and cuts off her efficiency.

10. Be reasonably considerate about using strong language around women. Even though a girl's husband or father may swear vociferously, she'll grow to dislike a place of business where she hears too much of this.

11. Get enough size variety in operator's uniforms so that each girl can have a proper fit. This point can't be stressed too much in keeping women happy.


  • Points 8 & 9 - *guffaw*

    I am definitely more efficient at work when my hair is up and I have a bit of lippie on. Hee heeee!
  • I may lack initiative in finding work for myself but thats no problem I can always chat on here instead!
  • 5. This office loses a lot more than a minute or two of my time during the day!!

    Think I might stick this on the noticeboard. Trouble is, my office contains me and 2 men, they MAY take it seriously.
  • come on then Nic - tell us what you do look for when you hire a man.

  • Sorry? I thought it WAS serious - I posted it as genuine advice.....

  • Snoop, sorry, not now, I have to go and wash my hands (again).
  • And my hair needs regrooming ......
  • (looking for lippy)
  • when did husky change from meaning plump to sexy voiced?
  • [worries that she might have duties she ought to be attending to and leaves in confusion.....]
  • don't bother your supervisors now badge.

    I'd never get a job, unmarried, underweight, lord knows what womens problems I may be blissfully unaware of.
  • Perhaps worthy of a short instructional video a la "Fast Show" - Women! Know Your Place...
  • On a similar note, ladies have you ever had the hilarious pleasure of reading "The Rules"? A friend got a very condensed version of them for her birthday on Friday and I was horrified (momentarily) to realise that I regularly break about 90% of them within a day of meeting a man. Looks like I'll never be getting married then! Shame.
  • Dr Nic - I break about 90% accidentally and the other 10% very deliberately!
  • what rules?
  • Quite..... please circulate these rules so me and Moosey can be married one day!
  • Come over to my surgery - I have posted one for you. Alternatively I found the "top 10" (what criteria they are using heaven knows) online at

  • heeheeheehee badge

    err maybe i should try to remember how to hyperlink, but anyway go to amazon and look up 'the rules' under books!!!

  • x thanks laydeeez
  • That's OK Badge, wouldn't want you to be a spinster now would we?
  • the third one of this lot is excellent and especially the last :-)

    From Housekeeping Monthly, 13 May 1955

    The Good Wife’s Guide

    * Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal ready, on time for his return. This is a way of letting him know that you have been thinking about him and are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they come home and the prospect of a good meal (especially his favourite dish) is part of the warm welcome needed.

    * Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so you’ll be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair, and be fresh looking. He has just been with a lot of work-weary people.

    * Be a little gay and a little more interesting for him. His boring day may need a lift and one of your duties is to provide it.

    * Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives. Gather up schoolbooks, toys, paper etc. and then run a dust cloth over the tables.

    * Over the cooler months of the year you should prepare and light a fire for him to unwind by. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you a lift too. After all, catering for his comfort will provide you with immense personal satisfaction.

    * Prepare the children. Take a few minutes to wash the children’s hands and faces (if they are small), comb their hair and, if necessary, change their clothes. They are little treasures and he would like to see them playing the part. Minimise all noise. At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of the washer, dryer or vacuum. Try to encourage the children to be quiet.

    * Be happy to see him.

    * Greet him with a warm smile and show sincerity in your desire to please him.

    * Listen to him. You may have a dozen important things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first - remember, his topics of conversation are more important than yours.

    * Make the evening his. Never complain if he comes home late or goes out to dinner or other places of entertainment without you. Instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure and his very real need to be at home and relax.

    * Your goal: Try to make sure your home is a place of peace, order and tranquillity where your husband can renew himself in body and spirit.

    * Don’t greet him with complaints and problems.

    * Don’t complain if he’s late home for dinner or even if he stays out all night. Count this as minor compared to what he might have gone through that day.

    * Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or have him lie down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink ready for him.

    * Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soothing and pleasant voice.

    * Don’t ask him questions about his actions or question his judgement or integrity. Remember, he is the master of the house and as such will always exercise his will with fairness and truthfulness. You have no right to question him.

    * A good wife always knows her place.
  • Excellent. My true 50s persona, as revealed by one of the quizzes on here last week, thoroughly approves.

    I like the 3rd to last one. Oh. and the 2nd to last one. What the hell, I love 'em all!
  • Fantastic Dr Nic, you would indeed make the perfect wifelet. Do you think you could be a little gay as well - perhaps bring a few friends around to help soothe and relax your man?
  • Oh good. Another set of rules to break (I'm getting good at this!)
  • as long as you know your place M...
  • Chaos - I'm now very aware of my place! After all as I've just found out "his topics of conversation are more important than yours"
  • Chaos, yes I'm sure that my friends and I could be a bit gay if you'd find that relaxing.

    Not that I understand what you're on about.

    M. Shh, let's stop talking so that Chaos and the other menfolk can converse about important topics. Shall we go and make fairy cakes?
  • Dr Nic - I think I need to touch up my make-up and put a ribbon in my hair first though.
  • I'll just wash my hands. I last did them 2 minutes ago. May I please borrow your rouge?
  • Hey bitches wears my slippers.......

    Think i,ll have Sirlion today, theres still some beans left from sunday for you if you get hungry, Ok....
    Oh and a nice cool Bitter while your at the fridge.........
    Right whats on the telly ??????
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