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For Women’s History Month, the History Channel has shared this 1944 training film from the U.S. Office of Education, because apparently, it was difficult to supervise women workers back then.

With men enlisting and going off to war, women had to step up to take over industrial jobs left behind. The influx of women working in factories changed the workforce landscape, posing new challenges to the male managers left behind to supervise them. In an effort to teach these “Joes” how to handle their new employees, the Office of Education created this training film.

The film “highlights the problems female workers faced in a new and unfamiliar environment – reflective of a less enlightened time.” It’s hard not to laugh at the ridiculousness and overt sexism, but it also serves a reminder of what the women who came before us had to endure.