Monday, October 5, 2015

Gender Equality - Since the mid 1900's

The term Gender Equality refers to a way of life that modern societies strive towards where women are treated as equals in business and people are not discriminated against because of gender. 

It’s absurd to think that less than 70 years ago the accepted norm in society was that men went out and earned a living while women were expected to stay home and be unfailingly happy doing household chores.

The following snippet doing the rounds on social media is supposedly an excerpt from a 1949 sewing manual published by sewing machine manufacturer Singer, and is perhaps indicative of how society viewed the role of women in the mid 1900’s.

“Prepare yourself mentally for sewing. Think about what you are going to do. Never approach sewing with a sigh or lackadaisically. Good results are difficult when indifference predominates.

Never try to sew with a sink full of dirty dishes or beds unmade. When there are urgent housekeeping chores, do these first so your mind is free to enjoy your sewing.

When you sew make yourself as attractive as possible. Put on a clean dress and keep a little bag of French chalk near your sewing machine to dust your fingers at intervals. Have your hair in order, powder and lipstick put on. If you are constantly fearful that a visitor will drop in or your husband will come home and you will not look neatly put together, you will not enjoy your sewing.”

Thankfully today we live in an era where women are celebrated and one of the most anticipated awards at the Association’s annual awards event is the Women in Construction Award. Our annual awards evening is taking place on the 23 October 2015 and we are all looking forward to this prestigious occasion.

Ernest Roper
Membership Services Manager