Title Draft of a 1936 Letter to the Chicago Tribune about Sexual Harrasment in the Office
Book Condition Very Good
Publisher Chicago 1936
Seller ID 2244
Two-page typed letter (on two leaves of onion skin paper) from “Bea” to Miss Doris Blake of the Chicago Tribune, dated December 11, 1936. Bea offers a stunning and well-worded dispute of Blake’s “silly article” titled “Steno-Boss Affair Often Girl’s Fault” in which refers to these “girls” as “predatory females.” Bea recently had to leave a job because she “would not stand for the unwelcome attentions of some bigoted male who felt he was irresistible” and her boss’ demand that she “spend weekends with him in some camp he had in Michigan.” She goes on to say that women with “slender, shapely bodies” and “well-developed breasts” are simply targets and that the author has evidently “not had a great deal of experience in hunting for and trying under unpleasant condition to hold a job through sheer ability, native intelligence, and a spirit of just being humanly decent.” Bea suggests that Blake summon “enough courage to tell men, in general, just what human scum they become when they try such performances” and that “one such unpleasant experience would be all you’d need to place the blame where it rightfully belongs -- with the vain, shallow, predatory male!” Includes one holograph correction and one addition. Very good condition with a few small tears and light creases from having been folded in fourths.