Girls, Girls, Girls
I have been looking at some video footage on the AT&T archives and came across some girl ones! The first is this short film which explains how to use a dial telephone. It was created by Bell Labs in 1950s. The woman in the video goes through the dial telephone in a step-by-step fashion. Apparently she was a model. I was trying to figure out if we needed any such explicit description of how to do anything with a telephone since. I don’t think so – it all kind of followed naturally. Going wireless, for example, is the landline without the wires.
The next film is even more interesting. It is an attempt by Bell Labs to show that Women can fit into an Engineering world. It features four ‘ real women engineers’. I both like and hate this. There is some hilarious footage of a very innocent male College students expressing the opinion that he would not like his wife to be the main bread winner or earn more than him as it would make him insecure. Perhaps though he is merely saying what a lot of people still think. There are loads of other things that strike me about this film. Firstly, the situation has not changed much. In Trinity we have very few women students in Engineering. Though, mind you, to be fair currently we have very few people at all in Electronic Engineering. Secondly, the whole film seems to be built around the notion that the only way to be, is to be married, and a woman needs to understand how marriage fits with Engineering to work in the field. One of the messages, I think, is that working in Engineering will find you a husband! Though perhaps the scouting, hill-walking women is an example of an alternative option. Scarcasm aside there is also a complete sincere and upbeat feeling about the film. The women speak very openly and I would say are inspiring about how they feel about their jobs and it is clear they have inspired others. It is in part a film of its time of course, but it also seems like a film before its time in an odd way.