It can be hard to find the right career path – something that combines your interests and abilities with a job that will actually pay the rent. Fortunately, these days the majority of jobs are unlikely to land you in a mental institution – for women, that wasn’t always the case.
Hospital records have shown that women were institutionalised for a huge range of reasons in the 1800s, from laziness and sunstroke to epilepsy and ‘hysteria’. Even stranger, Adzuna.co.uk looked through the list and noticed that a handful of respected jobs that could have landed a woman in an asylum just 130 years ago. [Read more…]