What Shall I Be?: The Exciting Game of Career Girls

While looking for board games in a closet at my grandpa’s house, I found this awesome game from my mom’s childhood, What Shall I Be?: The Exciting Game of Career Girls.

Exciting is right. Even though it was manufactured in 1966, there were already SIX amazing careers available to women:


  • Ballet Dancer
  • Teacher
  • Model
  • Airline Hostess
  • Actress
  • Nurse

With such diverse choices, how did a girl playing the game decide which career to pursue? Well, it all depends on her god-given traits, naturally.






If you doubt this game’s influence on young women, please note that my mom did in fact become a teacher. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that she wanted to be an airline hostess instead, but lacked the appropriate grace.

Thank goodness that in the past 50 years, American society has advanced to the point where women have a wider variety of career options. Nowadays, girls have the option of not getting hired to be doctors, scientists, and accountants. I say “not getting hired” because with the unemployment crisis being what it is, who can actually find a job these days?

Which is why, despite being dated, maybe we shouldn’t entirely dismiss What Shall I Be? as offensive. After all, it could still hold valuable career advice today. You may have filled out hundreds of job applications, but have any of those been for ballerina positions? The world needs more ballerinas. And even if you’ve never considered modeling before, it’s always an option. Just lose some weight, stand up straight and fix your make-up, sweetie!

Okay, I take it back, this game is super offensive.

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