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I Can Be an Architect

I can be an architect - cover I Can Be An Architect
Clinton
1986

Bonus points for putting a woman on the cover, but this book is too old to accurately describe the job of an architect. There are no computers shown, for one thing. It’s all heavily-shoulder-padded ladies and wide-tied gents hunched over rulers and drafting boards. The glasses on the woman in the picture below are pure-80s awesome.  Kids come to my library on a regular basis for books for their career reports. I would be embarrassed to hand this to anyone.

Thankfully, I no longer have to. #weeded

Holly

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Fun and Games at Work

sexual harassment at work cover

Sexual Harassment at Work
Is it just ‘fun and games’?
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1982

Not a bad book, but unfortunately, the cover absolutely negates the seriousness of the writing (and the topic for that matter). I am sure someone in an editorial meeting thought that made the topic “sexy”.  This was a British publication, however, the situations are pretty universal to any type of employment situation. I will defer to our Brits on knowledge of the law on this in Britain, but for Americans, this was still a decade before Anita Hill’s testimony pushed this topic into the forefront. Evidently, some people just don’t learn. I’m looking at you: Mr.President, Bill O’Reilly, Roger Ailes, etc.

Mary

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Sexual Harassment on the Job

Sexual Harassment on the Job
How to avoid the working woman’s nightmare
Backhouse and Cohen
1981

Materials about sexual harassment are absolutely an important collection item in any modern library, both from the women’s studies angle as well as from a manager or employment perspective. This book dates from a time that it was difficult to even define sexual harassment in an employment setting. Forward thinking in the late 1970s and early 1980s, but not so much in the modern office setting. I think the strategies suggested are the most disturbing. Not sure I could fake nonchalance about having the boss in my kitchen stark naked.

Mary

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