Recommended reading to kick off the New Year!

For starters in 2020, I’d like to take the liberty of sharing with you a small anecdote from the plastics industry about women’s equality in 1949.


By the way:
70 years after the first celebration of ‘International Women’s Day’ on 8th March 1911, intended to raise awareness of women’s rights and gender equality, the ‘International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women’ was introduced on 25th November 1981 – actually, the fact that there was a need for such an observance is sad enough.
The bottom line after nearly 110 years: 80 per cent of women and girls worldwide live in countries with a ‘poor’ or ‘very poor’ state of equal rights. Even Germany has only achieved position 12 in the EU comparison and 31 in the worldwide ranking. There are only six countries where full equal rights for men and women have been stipulated by law (whatever that may mean?) since 2019: Sweden, Belgium, Latvia, Luxemburg, France and Denmark (as ranked by the World Bank).


But what’s the situation in our industry, among plastics processing companies and in the polyurethane sector? Now we all know that the percentage of women is far below the frequently cited ‘gender quota’. At least, now I finally know the reason why that’s the case after being made aware of the following publication during an evening for members of the media in Aachen, which included a bit of levity:


Kidding aside, this book can still be purchased today (albeit, in all fairness, only on the second-hand market – anything else would have deeply perturbed me).


‘Plastics in technical corrosion protection’
A handbook for Vinidur and Oppanol; divided into 6 very extensive chapters with 231 illustrations, 1 genealogical tree and 23 tables.
Author: Dr. Walter Krannich
Titel: Kunststoffe im technischen Korrosionsschutz
Format: 16 x 23 cm
Pages: 407
Publisher: Carl Hanser Verlag, München
Publication: 1949




Translation of point IV:


IV. Women in plastics processing
The inclusion of women in routine work in the area of plastics processing has certainly proved to be viable in the field. Following proper instruction and under appropriate supervision, constantly recurring jobs such as gluing, welding, forming and machining of individual parts can be assigned to women without any problem. However, in most cases where comprehensive skilled craftsmanship is required, women, just like unskilled workers, are generally to be excluded. 


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You get my drift? Then cheers and Happy New Year!

Birgit Harreither