complete guide for the working mother

A step in the right direction?

The Complete Guide for the Working Mother
Albrecht
1967

This book is handy for all those women with money, household help, resources, etc. Even for 1967, this book is out of touch. Even though it probably only applies to less than 1% of working mothers, it does assert that household chores are not the sole responsibility of the mother and that parenting is a family responsibility. I think the author is trying hard to talk about some equality and parenting issues, but not quite ready to take it up a notch. Given the 1967 publication date, that is hardly surprising.

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Women’s Work

The Best Way in the World for a Woman to Make Money
King
1979

This is one of those relics from the 1970s giving women some career advice. This time it is for a sales career. The book’s general premise is that a sales career can give women a serious leg up financially,  and that women do better than their male counterparts. He asserts that women are more talented and intelligent that then men competing for the same jobs. Basically, the author believes that women are an untapped and overlooked resource. Women are supposedly more sociable, nurturing, and better suited to a people oriented career.

There is advice about presenting a more masculine resume. Supposedly, if you have a hobby like woodworking, it shows that you can comfortably deal with a man’s world. Typical of career books for women, there is advice about office decorum, dress, business lunch, etc.

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Smart Dressing

The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Style
Dressing Smart
Satron
1990

For all those ladies that are now liberated, you need to dress the part of the powerful woman executive. This book has got your back. Filled with career profiles and style advice, you can now look the successful woman you want to be. Shoulder pads are optional.

Aside from the dated fashion, I will give this book props for trying for a more realistic set up when it comes to style. They do feature actual career/professional women wearing their particular style. The featured executives are all sporting fashion that is appropriate for the profession. Maybe this is sort of a “dress for the job you want” type of book. This book features only executive level positions. Those in the middle or at the bottom rungs won’t find much help here.

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Resumes for the Ladies

Resumes for Women
Job-winning resume guidance for every situation
Shaw
1995

Career advice is one of my hot button topics when it comes to collection development. This isn’t the worst resume book we have seen, but it is pretty awful to still have it on the shelves. 

Even for 1995, the advice is weak. The idea of customizing your resume to address the special situations, such as job transfers or re entry after staying at home with kids, is limited to re-arranging your educational credentials with your experience.

This book was still in circulation and looked pretty crunchy with browning pages. This book really needs to go now. I shudder thinking that someone would try and find a job in 2020 with this antique. This should be an easy weed.

Mary

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Don’t be THAT girl

Don’t Be That Girl
Stork
2008

Submitter: Remember back in 2007 when noted TV personality and (“The Doctors”) Doctor Travis Stork was at the height of his popularity? Neither do I. Either way, he managed to write almost 200 pages on what to do to not be THAT girl, in a tone that one Amazon reviewer thought had just the right touch of “nurturing” and was only “slightly arrogant.” Which is baffling to me as my colleague and I flip through the pages.

I probably wouldn’t have bought this when it came out, whether the intention was to be actually insightful or just to write something with shock value (maybe both?). Finding in the the public library stacks today, I’d consider it at best an overly dated celeb/dating book, and at worst, something a patron might’ve taken to their local representative if they found it before me.