The Corporate Workplace was Never Designed for Women

Prior to World War I, as corporate America experienced growth, the male dominated fields of secretaries and typists set in motion an interesting dynamic: company owners – men – would look to their male secretaries in a way that resembled a father and son relationship, giving the new, young, white collar worker an opportunity to rise in the company. World War I changed all of that. As male secretaries left their jobs to enlist, women took their places. But when women dominated the pool of administrative staff, that father/son relationship changed to one of husband and wife. White collar became pink collar. Female secretaries became an extension of the emotional labor support that men enjoyed in the home. Change to […]

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