It’s taken a long time for women to break out of the often troublesome expectations that were placed on previous generations.
Looking back at how only recently we’ve been granted the right to do something as normal as apply for our own credit cards or attend Ivy League schools, it’s not surprising that some of the advice thrown around for single ladies back in 1936 would sound more than a littlecondescending to us today.
Althoughmost of the tips below are obviously outdated, you can’t help but find charm in Hillis’ acerbic voice as she doles out the wisdom. Scroll through to hear these unique suggestions in hervery own words.
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“Do go in for cosmetics in a serious way. Not any old cream, but the right creams. The right coiffure too, and the right nail-polish, and all the other beauty tricks that make you feel elegant. This is the kind of pampering that pays.
“The notion that it ‘doesnt matter because nobody sees you with the dull meals and dispirited clothes that follow in its wake, has done more damage than all the floods of springtime.
“Of course, the civilized place for any woman to have breakfast is in bed. For you and me who live alone and whose early mornings are uncomplicated by offspring, farm-hands and even husbands, bed is the place.”
“A reasonably large circle of friends and enemies, whom you can see when you want to, and will often see you when you dont want to, is an important asset. Anybody can acquire it, but it takes a little doing
“If you havent any contacts, put your hat right on and go out and start making them. Be a Communist, a stamp collector or a Ladies Aid Worker if you must, but for Heavens sake, be something.
“Its infinitely better for a Lone Female to offend her relatives by not inviting them enough, then to bore her relatives by inviting them too often. In other words, its better to be a snob than a hanger-on.”
“A reasonable amount of travel ought, of course, to be listed among the necessities. (An unreasonable amount if you can manage it.) If you dont agree with this, there is something wrong with you, and you should see a doctor or a minister or at least read a few travel books and folders.”
“Hermits and other self-sufficient people may be geniuses (we doubt it) and contribute greatly to the scientific knowledge of the world, but they contribute practically nothing to its entertainment and have a very dull time themselves.
“Most peoples minds are like ponds and need a constantly fresh stream of ideas in order not to get stagnant.”
“We can think of nothing more depressing than going to bed in a washed-out four-year-old nightgown, nothing more bolstering to morale than going to bed all fragrant with toilet-water and wearing a luscious pink satin nightgown, well-cut and trailing.”
“When you wake up in the night convinced that you hear a man moving about in the next room, do not get up and investigate. Still more important, do not telephone the janitor, or a friends husband across the street, or your brother in New Jersey.
“Almost certainly, there is no man in the next room, and, if there were, he would be gone by the time anyone got there.”
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