looking, working, living terrific 24 hours a day

24/7 Power Looks

Looking, Working, Living Terrific 24 Hours A Day
Cho and Lueders
1982

This title sounds exhausting. At my age, I think showing up for work with my hair combed is an accomplishment worthy of my next performance review. (Holly take note!) This was published at the time the mantra of working women was “I can do it all!” (See this commercial for Enjoli perfume, and you will get the idea.) Those of you old enough to remember this, get ready to cringe.

This book combines looking good with career/personal success advice. I will cop to buying into this type of dressing for success looks. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the budget to sustain this look and it really didn’t make me powerful in my job. (Naturally, I moved to librarianship so I could have the real money and power!<<sarcasm)

feminine leadership book cover

When the Ladies Run the Show

Feminine Leadership
or How to Succeed in Business Without Being One of the Boys
Loden
1985

The basic theme of this book is that women can use feminine traits to succeed in leadership roles. The ladies are evidently really good at feelings and can be more intuitive leaders than the guys. The 70s and 80s were loaded with this kind of literature as women started entering professions previously off limits. I was one of those who would suck these books up like they were water. Most of the time, these books were little help in navigating a career in the real world. It’s not like senior management grabbed on to these concepts and welcomed women with open arms.

Rogers rules for business women

Work Rules for Ladies

Rogers’ Rules for Business-Women
How to start a career and move up the ladder
Rogers
1988

You can be a successful business woman with our author’s advice: dress nice, be friendly, and don’t chew gum. The tone is very paternalistic, boarding on annoying.  You will be glad to know that Rogers states that “real” sexual harassment in rare. But, (there is always a but), be careful of giving sex signals to your male co-workers. They might get the wrong idea.