The “What People Think I Do” Meme Was Actually Invented At Wellesley — In 1909
12:00 pm, February 19th | by Amy Tennery
Forget “Know Your Meme” — a women’s college at the turn of the century was the original meme generator.
The general concept involves taking a single career (social media managers, for example) and showing how different people “see” you in that job:
It’s funny the first 300 times you see it.
What you probably didn’t know is that this meme actually started out over 100 years ago. No wonder it feels played out already.
In a move that’s pioneering the field of Historical Memery, Buzzfeed dug up the earliest known example of the “What People Think I Do” meme (via Facebook), this item from the Wellesley College yearbook, class of 1909, which shows how the world views women scholars:
Anyone else struck by how — to put it bluntly — awesome this is? You’d think maybe being over a century old this would be a little softer in tone but… nope!