Why Every Man Wants One of These. (A Secretary, in Case You're Wondering); SOCIAL HISTORY SWIMMING IN THE STENO POOL
Byline: By Lynn Peril (W.W. Norton, [pounds sterling]9.99 ? [pounds sterling]8.99) JANE SHILLING
DID anyone ever really aspire to be a secretary? Like waitress or barmaid, it is one of those transitlounge jobs, generally occupied by people hoping for an onward connection to somewhere more interesting.
Yet as Lynn Peril points out in her lively account of a century of secretarial work, to be a good secretary is one of the most demanding jobs imaginable, requiring the diplomacy of a UN special envoy, the tantrum-defusing calm of a super-nanny, an advanced grasp of office technology, the memory of an elephant and the linguistic skills of a fastidious grammarian.
'For over a century,' Peril writes, 'secretarial work has been extolled as a wonderful career opportunity for women -- …
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Publication information: Article title: Why Every Man Wants One of These. (A Secretary, in Case You're Wondering); SOCIAL HISTORY SWIMMING IN THE STENO POOL. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Daily Mail (London). Publication date: November 25, 2011. Page number: 79. © 2007 Daily Mail. COPYRIGHT 2011 Gale Group.
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