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Too Tired for Job Hunting, 1924

How to avoid a job and ten ways to land one

How to avoid a job and ten ways to land one

New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_X_25355
Document Description
A page from a 1924 educational publication on job hunting. "Out late last night, young Lady?"
Who is the boss and who is the person trying to get a job?
Look at other pictures from this publication. Why are all the bosses shown as men?
What is the young lady doing wrong in this picture?
Is this advice still relevant today?
Why would this type of brochure be necessary?
Historical Challenges
How did U.S. involvement in World Wars I and II help bring women into the workforce?
Interdisciplinary Connections
English Language Arts: Write a list of ten tips on how to get a job in today’s world.
Deutsch, Sarah Jane. From Ballots to Breadlines: American Women 1920-1940. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994. ISBN: 0195080637, 0195088301
Orgil, Roxane. Shout, Sister, Shout! Ten Girl Singers Who Shaped a Century. New York : Margaret K. McElderny Books, 2001. ISBN: 0689819919


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Lesson Topic:

Historical Context
Women gained the right to vote in 1920 when the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution was passed.  Women's equality did not extend to the workplace, however.  The majority of women still worked in the home; only one in four held jobs.  For women employed outside of the home, society dictated what kind of work was acceptable.  Respectable women held clerical or sales jobs or worked as nurses, librarians, or teachers.  They usually earned less than men, even when doing the same job. 
Essential Question
How does industrialization change a society?
Check for Understanding
Describe the scene in the photograph and discuss the impact of industrialization on workers.