Secretary’s job considered the best spot to find a husband (1952)
The Gallup Poll
Suppose you were a young woman anxious to find a husband, get married and settle down. What would be the best sort of job or occupation for you to take in order to meet eligible men and find a good husband?
When interviewers for the institute put that question to both men and women in a Maine-to-California survey, here is what they found:
#1) Working in an office as secretary or stenographer is rated tops as a way to snare a husband.
#2) Being a nurse ranks next. You meet rich patients, and there are so many handsome young interns.
#3) The third best way to a man’s heart is by being a waitress, in the opinion of the public. (Provided, of course, the restaurant permits its employees to have dates with customers.)
With the arrival of spring, the traditional season of match-making, the institute took time out from its surveys on politics to ask a nationwide cross-section:
“What kind of job or occupation do you think offers a young woman the best chances of finding a husband?”
Some people said, “Never mind a job — just go to church and be a good old-fashioned girl; that’s what the men like.”
Others said the best way for girl to find a husband is to learn to be a really outstanding cook.
The survey found comparatively little difference of opinion between men and women about the best occupation for encountering Cupid, except that women gave nursing a higher vote than men did.
To find a husband, the five top choices of the women were:
The men ranked the top five this way:
Should women propose marriage?
In an earlier leap year survey reported by the institute, it was found that the great majority of women turn a cold shoulder on the idea of girls proposing matrimony, even though the legendary right to “pop the question” is theirs.