Women are plastic men are metal

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Quote from a 1943 U.S. War Department guide for managers called You’re Going to Hire Women: “Women can be trained to do any job you’ve got — but remember ‘a woman is not a man.’ A woman is a substitute — like plastic instead of metal.”*

*quoted in Jennifer S. Light, “When Computers Were Women,” Technology and Culture 40 (3): 455-483

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