'We Are Still The Weaker Sex,' Vintage Article Tells Women

05/31/2013 01:16 pm ET

On the list of things making us glad we didn't live in 1944 is this article said to be from that year's September issue of Ladies Home Journal. According to Laura McPhee's Tumblr, the story included these lines:

Many of us may be serving shoulder to shoulder with America’s fighting men—but we’re still the weaker sex, and it’s still up to us to appear as alluring and lovely as possible.

and it had this to say to women:

still the weaker sex

In 1943, just a year earlier, this iconic poster encouraged women to work harder in the war effort:

rosie the riveter

So there's your mixed message of the day. Carry on.

[h/t Buzzfeed]

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