Advice: Should a girl accept advances from her boss? (1914)

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Should a girl who works accept the attentions of her employer?

by Idah M’Glone Gibson

Dear Mrs Gibson:

I have smiled and raged alternately at the letters from the girls who have run up against such terrible things in business offices of our city.

Some of them seem to have been written by girls whose egotism has run away with their common sense.

Is it possible that a girl dreams for one moment that, because a man is polite to her and invites her to luncheon he may possibly continue the business conversation that was begun at the typewriter, he will care for her as a social companion?

I believe that a business girl should be a good “fellow” and accept an occasional invitation to luncheon as would a man in the same position.

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Ever since I have been a typist, I have done this and I want to say that I have never received any undue familiarity from any employer that I have had.

On the contrary, many of them have confided in me their romantic attachments for girls in their own positions in society, and I have sympathized with and advised them.

Don’t be too egotistical, girls. The man who buys your ability as a stenographer or any other office worker is not always looking for trouble.

– Plain Faced and Plain Spoken

Dear Plain Faced and Plain Spoken:

It has been my experience in many years of business life that the plain-faced and plain-spoken girl is not so apt to have temptation thrown in her pathway as her prettier and more diplomatic sister. How about it?


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