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1940: Women and Cubs

A press conference for women, in 1940.

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1939: Business Women Prepare

Yes, there were business women in 1939.

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1985: Women’s Role in Society

I take my equality with men for granted. These women (all three) were at the front lines in 1985, back when it wasn’t so very easy to defend your choices, or to compete with men, or even to make the … Continue reading

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1960: Olson Named Girl of the Month

Suellen Olson was named Girl of the Month by Kay Greenfield, president of the Worthington Business and Professional Women’s club in November 1960. It was really cool that we had a Worthington Business and Professional Women’s club in 1960.

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1985: The Role of Women

I find the differences in expressions of the women in this 1985 article to be kind of interesting. The article, discussing the role of women, will be up tomorrow.

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1985: Pay Equity and the Mega-Mall

Pay equity (for women, I assume, since it’s not explicitly stated in the article), the mega-mall and the economy were all topics of discussion in 1985 for state legislators.

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1960: No, You Can’t Let Men Know You’re Interested

Dear Abby advised that it was actually impossible to let a man know you’re interested in him without appearing forward. Even in 1960, I’m fairly sure this wasn’t true. You could always go through your friends, and your friends’ friends.

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1960: We Wear Short Shorts But Only If Hubby Allows

Dear Abby took a turn for the weird in 1960 when she simultaneously told wives to obey their husbands if they didn’t want to wear shorts, and also advised a parent to get her 15-year-old daughter to invite boys to … Continue reading

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1960: First Female Commencement Speaker for WHS

Worthington High School’s first female commencement speaker was Mrs. Frank F. Barker, a "housewife," who spoke in 1960. She was also the county recorder for Polk County, and had a catering service and owned and operated a tea room. Yet "housewife" made … Continue reading

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1960: Oh No! A Man Is Attempting to Cook!

This 1960 advertisement from Worthington Federal Savings and Loan Association features a horrified wife watching her husband about to Mess Everything Up while cooking. I can’t really say whether it’s 1960s-era sexism or just an illustration of "too many cooks spoil … Continue reading

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