She Strives to Conquer: Business Behavior, Opportunities and Job Requirements for Women

By: Maule, Frances

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Book Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj


[front hinge a little weak, otherwise just a bit worn, light dust-soiling to top of text block; jacket age-toned (somewhat more at spine), a couple of tiny chips at top of front panel, a few little nicks here and there]. Classic Depression-Era guidebook for "any girl[!] who is honestly striving to find her way through the intricate and baffling mazes of the business world." Like most "women in the workplace" guides from back in the day, the text whiplashes a modern reader through a workscape of equal parts fascination, outrage, amusement and horror. Presented "in the business girl's own vernacular, it states her problems and offers practical solutions, based not on old-fashioned abstract moralistic ideas, but on the present-day requirements of the hard-boiled business world." Browsing the table of contents and chapter summaries, one can see why "Business Behavior" got top billing in the book's subtitle: it's made pretty clear that making it as a working woman will have an awful lot to do with personal comportment, appearance, grooming, and (#MeToo alert) how to deal with the inevitable MEN in every workplace. Two back-to-back chapters -- "The Love Motif" and "'Stepping Out'" -- are pretty much all about this fraught topic, and some passages will curl the hair of a modern reader. (Example from page 158, about dealing with unwanted male attentions "that mean only the one thing": " The one thing a girl absolutely cannot do is to carry troubles of this sort to anybody higher up. Unjust? Yes. But that is the way it is. A girl is expected by her employers to be competent to handle matters of this sort for herself, by herself." The alternative?: "As one girl put it to me, 'You've either got to laugh it off -- or leave.'") And all this from an author, mind you, who had some serious feminist cred: aka Frances Maule Bjrkman, she was prominent in the early 20th century suffragist movement, was a member of the Heterodoxy debating group in Greenwich Village, and over the course of her life wrote several books of advice for career women, of which this was the first.

Title: She Strives to Conquer: Business Behavior, Opportunities and Job Requirements for Women

Author: Maule, Frances

Categories: Women's Issues / Feminism,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New York/London, Literary Digest Books/Funk & Wagnalls Company: 1934

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj

Seller ID: 19071

Keywords: Working Women