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like a trip back in time … his & hers job ads

Posted by adiamondinsunlight on June 25, 2007

If you look at American job want ads from the mid-twentieth century, you will notice that some requirements are spelled out much more clearly than they are today.

For example, advertisements for management positions refer to the candidate as “he”. Advertisements for secretarial positions do not.

I sometimes find it amusing (and other times disappointing) that even the English-language want ads here have such a 1950s feel.

Here are a few samples from today. I count two requests for “female”, one for “lady” in the first set, and two references to “he” in the VIVA ad.




One Response to “like a trip back in time … his & hers job ads”

  1. […] by adiamondinsunlight on July 5th, 2007 I may have prematurely written off the Lebanese job market’s efforts towards equal opportunity employment. This week, I saw an employment form – basically, an […]

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