February 11, 2013

TEEN LIVE WAY BACK WHEN: 1915 Rules for Teachers

Visited a charming one-room schoolhouse museum in Mary Esther, Florida, the other day.  In 1915 the school board issued these rules for teachers, a perfect example of the restrictions working women endured.  Take a look:

1.  You will not marry during the term of your contract.
2.  You are not to keep company with men.
3.  You must be home between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. unless attending a school function.
4.  You may not loiter downtown in ice cream stores.
5.  You may not travel beyond city limits unless you have the permission of the chairman of the board.
6.  You may not ride in a carriage or automobile with any man unless he is your father or brother.
7.  You may not smoke cigarettes.
8.  You may not dress in bright colors.
9.  You may under no circumstances dye your hair.
10. You must wear at least two petticoats
11. Your dresses must not be any shorter than two inches above the ankle.
12. To keep the schoolroom neat and clean, you must:  sweep the floor at least once daily, scrub the floor at least once a week with hot, soapy water, clean the blackboards at least once a day, and start the fire at 7 a.m. so that the room will be warm by 8 a.m.

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