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  •  I got out of grad school in 73. (6+ / 0-)

    With two graduate degrees and a Phi Beta Kappa key, I had to take typing tests to get a job.  

    A cartoon of two male  execs talking summed it up :" My new secretary is Phi Beta Kappa. She can spell words I don't even know the meaning of!"

    In my second job, my boss decided he didn't like the coffee in the office pot and sent me to the coffee shop across the street--in a Washington D.C. summer downpour. I quit that job when I learned they were hiring an asst. to the boss whose main qualification seemed to be having a penis--he had 2 years of experience  selling radio  time, and couldn't write to save his life, while I was already drafting articles and PR puff pieces for the office while still doing my secretarial job. They were gonna pay him twice my salary. Apparently 6 inches of erectile tissue beat out greater educational quals and the ability to write.

    Yeah those were REAL good times. A least Mad Men gets the sexism dead to rights, though I can't watch the show because the costuming is all over time period. And it has women with the proper body types that were considered attractive in the era of Marilyn Monroe, as opposed to tall beanpoles.

    The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

    by irishwitch on Tue Sep 27, 2011 at 07:48:23 PM PDT

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