Intriguing Article Series: Jobs for Womyn and Men

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The Highland Park Journal.
Circa 1950s

While at the storage unit earlier this week I stumbled across the “JOBS” section in the Highland Park Journal. What I found so interesting about this section in the newspaper is how the job postings were divided by gender. It is widely known that there was gender based discrimination in the job market especially in the 1950’s, however what stands out in this newspaper is the blatant discrimination. In addition to the jobs being divided by gender, the salary differences are obvious as well. In the men column, a Typists’ salary is $345 a month. Comparatively, in the womyn column, a Typists’ salary is  $330 a month. Womyn were simply not provided with the same opportunities/privileges as men, and no one was trying to hide it.

After seeing this, it made me think of all the second wave feminists who fought for  the opportunities and equality that we have today. I feel very privileged that I can apply to be a Factory Representative (a job listed in the men column), but even today I still will not make as much money as my male counterpart. It is truly amazing the major gains womyn have made over the past 60 + years, nevertheless we still have a long way to go.


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