Republican’s and the Retro Working Girl

collage by Sally Edelstein artwork

Collage by Sally Edelstein

Calling gender pay gap an embarrassment in 2014, President Obama said in his State of the Union address that ” it’s time to end workplace policies that belong in a Mad Men episode.”

The Republican’s agenda would drag women back to the ’50s on everything from health care to workplace.

Their  antiquated views of women in the workplace  are laughable if they weren’t so serious. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, claimed presidential hopeful Mitt Romney “talked down to the women of this country.” He further commented that “if you’re going to have women in the workforce” as if  having women in the workplace was still open for debate.

The Paycheck Fairness Act which would add additional protection against the gender wage gap has stalled in Congress.

Perhaps Republican’s would like to go back to the times when the retro gal eagerly scoured the want ads, which like public restrooms were still squarely divided between Male and Female. Separate but not very equal.

Kinda like still earning 77 cents on the male dollar.

A reminder of the workplace of the retro working girl:

vintage illustration 1950s office

Vintage Ad Pitney Bowes Postage meters 1952

vintage illustration 1950s sexist office

Sexist Vintage Pitney Bowes Postage meter advertisement

1950s typewriter

Vintage ad 1957 Underwood Typewriter

sexist Scan_Pic0067

vintage illustration secretary blindfolded

Blind to the Facts -Vintage ad Moore Business papers 1952

vintage illustration secretary as mummy

All Tied Up- Vintage ad 1953 Moore Business Papers

vintage illustration secretary

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