The Rules For This 1920s Teacher's Contract For Women Are Completely Insane
We all know that things were pretty tough for women back in the day, thanks to a wealth of vintage advertisements and newspaper clippings from various historical periods that reveal an apalling attitude toward birth control and sexual consent. But the 1923 teacher's contract above really takes the biscuit when it comes to exemplifying how limited a woman's life once was if she chose to join the workforce.
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The contract, which was posted by the Ohio Education Association, stipulates some truly jaw-dropping rules. Women aren't allowed to get married, keep company with men, leave town, ride in cars with boys (except their father or brother), drink, smoke or even leave their house between the hours of 8 P.M. and 6 A.M. It's like being in prison except maybe worse because at least in prison you can have a cigarette out in the yard.
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The most baffling rule is probably the one forbidding women from "loitering in downtown ice-cream stores." Were ice-cream stores, specifically ones that are downtown, some of sort of super-sexy hangout in the early 20th century? Do historians know about this?
Either way, this contract is a truly a testament to how far we've come. Now go get yourself an ice cream to celebrate, you heathen.
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