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Lady Soldiers

careers for women in uniform

Careers for Women in Uniform
Heiman and Myers
1971

Everyone knows I have a particular issue with career books. This one is particularly interesting as it is all about recruiting women into the the armed forces. Considering the year this was published, I wonder how many women they actually were able to recruit, given anti-war sentiment at the time. I have to laugh at the author’s attempt to make the military appealing to women by constantly talking about how great the uniforms look. Every other page seemed to say “come join the army and wear a cute uniform.”  Even in 1971, this is a pretty ridiculous strategy for attracting women.

Evidently, this book is all about selling the military to women using clothes, parties, and fun. I keep thinking they are leaving out a few things.

Mary

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Don’t kill your husband!

How Not to Kill Your Husband
Hutchin
1962

Ladies, your husband is a busy man and can’t be responsible to make good health decisions. Your inattention to his health could LITERALLY KILL HIM! Fortunately, this book will save you. This is a book for wives on how to properly monitor and care for your husband’s health through diet, exercise and stress reduction.

Written in the voice of the oh-so-knowledgeable doctor talking about those silly men that we ladies must take care of since they are just a bunch of giant babies. These delicate men need their wives to reduce the stress, cook healthy meals and evidently prevent him from doing stupid things that might hurt him. I guess it is time to add “babysit a grown man” to your list of chores. I am sure all the men out there will love the wife hounding them on everything they do. Naturally, if he chooses to ignore our awesome help and he dies, it will be our fault.

Where is the book for husbands on how not to be a burden and a selfish ingrate for your wife?

Mary

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Sex Harassment on the Job

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Sexual Harassment on the Job
Petrocelli and Repa
1992

For the early 1990s this was a pretty good guide to understanding the legal remedies to sexual harassment. Spoiler alert! There aren’t that many. The authors frequently acknowledge that most women cannot afford to go down the road of making a complaint due to lack of resources and backlash. However, this book is excellent at giving straight up scripts to confront harassers and document your experience with sexual harassment.

I remember watching the Anita Hill testimony and thought finally someone is sharing the reality of working women everywhere. (Insert your own #metoo story here)

The librarians need to be aware of how legal material does expire, even if nothing much changes. Regardless of the topic, a 1992 pub date throws this book’s accuracy into question.

Mary

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