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   xoxoxoBruce  Monday Jan 15 10:37 PM

Jan 16th, 2018 : Women

Women have been given a bad rap since Eve listened to the snek.
But everyone knows they are delicate flowers who must be cherished and protected.
All they had to do was bear and nurture the children... and chop the firewood, and raise the garden, and can
the veggies, and do the washing and ironing, and prepare the meals.... oh and tend the livestock, knit the socks
and mittens, and clean the home. Definitely not mans work.
Now comes the big one, WW II, we allowed them to pitch in for the war effort, temporarily mind you.

But we had a woman running a crane at Westinghouse Steam Turbine in Lester, PA, in the 70's who was a
WW II leftover, and who needed no horn to warn of her lifts, she could be heard yelling the entire length of
the quarter mile long shop.
Alas, the attitude lasted into the sixties.

The men seem to dismiss strong women as anomalies, one off freaks.

I've got news for you Bunkie, she's stronger than you, smarter than you, and got you by the short hairs. Get used to it.

gtown  Tuesday Jan 16 12:30 AM

Carruthers  Tuesday Jan 16 05:12 AM

It's amusing but no doubt reflects attitudes of not that long ago.

DanaC  Friday Jan 19 05:00 PM

There were always a few women warriors in wars. Often disguised as men or boys. Sometimes though, just being a 'camp follower' was a terribly dangerous life.

Set against the men they accompanied, many of those women may have been the weaker sex - but I'd pit pretty much most of them against any average man of today in terms of physical strength and toughness.

DanaC  Friday Jan 19 05:04 PM

Setting aside the 'women are teachable' most of that set of tips just seem like good management practices for men and women entering a new workplace.

Like, seriously, did it take women entering the work force for someone to consider that a comfortable working environment, a couple of rest breaks and access to clean drinking water were good things?

xoxoxoBruce  Friday Jan 19 06:45 PM

Actually yes, industrial working conditions were pretty brutal prior to WW I and because the depression made jobs near and dear, things didn't get much better until the ramp up to WW II.

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