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Swimming In The Steno Pool A Retro Guide To Making It In The Office

Author : Lynn Peril
ISBN : 9780393341461
Genre : Social Science
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Feed your boss’s ego. Dress for success. And don’t let your heels trip you up on the corporate ladder. Millions of women have held the position of secretary, alternately lauded as a breakthrough opportunity and excoriated as dead-end busy work. From the female pioneers who infiltrated Capitol Hill offices during the Civil War to today’s tech-savvy administrative assistants, secretaries have withstood criticism for abandoning their rightful sphere (the home), weathered the dubious advice of secretarial guide-books, taken hits from feminists and antifeminists alike, and demanded the right to resist making coffee—all while making their bosses look good. In Swimming in the Steno Pool, author-secretary Lynn Peril profiles the various incarnations of the secretary, from pliable, sexy mate of the "office husband" to postfeminist executive-in-training, drawing inspiration from a wide range of "femorabilia" and secretarial guidebooks of yesteryear. Featuring an array of fabulous illustrations promoting office equipment and office girls alike, Peril delivers a feisty, witty celebration of the women who’ve been running the show for decades.


Author : Nikil Saval
ISBN : 9780385536585
Genre : History
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You mean this place we go to five days a week has a history? Cubed reveals the unexplored yet surprising story of the places where most of the world's work—our work—gets done. From "Bartleby the Scrivener" to The Office, from the steno pool to the open-plan cubicle farm, Cubed is a fascinating, often funny, and sometimes disturbing anatomy of the white-collar world and how it came to be the way it is—and what it might become. In the mid-nineteenth century clerks worked in small, dank spaces called “counting-houses.” These were all-male enclaves, where work was just paperwork. Most Americans considered clerks to be questionable dandies, who didn’t do “real work.” But the joke was on them: as the great historical shifts from agricultural to industrial economies took place, and then from industrial to information economies, the organization of the workplace evolved along with them—and the clerks took over. Offices became rationalized, designed for both greater efficiency in the accomplishments of clerical work and the enhancement of worker productivity. Women entered the office by the millions, and revolutionized the social world from within. Skyscrapers filled with office space came to tower over cities everywhere. Cubed opens our eyes to what is a truly "secret history" of changes so obvious and ubiquitous that we've hardly noticed them. From the wood-paneled executive suite to the advent of the cubicles where 60% of Americans now work (and 93% of them dislike it) to a not-too-distant future where we might work anywhere at any time (and perhaps all the time), Cubed excavates from popular books, movies, comic strips (Dilbert!), and a vast amount of management literature and business history, the reasons why our workplaces are the way they are—and how they might be better.

Pink Think Becoming A Woman In Many Uneasy Lessons

Author : Lynn Peril
ISBN : 9780393349931
Genre : Social Science
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From board games to beauty pageants, a smart, witty, pop-culture history of the perilous path to achieving the feminine ideal. Deluged by persuasive advertisements and meticulous (though often misguided) advice experts, women from the 1940s to the 1970s were coaxed to "think pink" when they thought of what it meant to be a woman. Attaining feminine perfection meant conforming to a mythical standard, one that would come wrapped in an adorable pink package, if those cunning marketers were to be believed. With wise humor and a savvy eye for curious, absurd, and at times wildly funny period artifacts, Lynn Peril gathers here the memorabilia of the era —from kitschy board games and lunch boxes to outdated advice books and health pamphlets—and reminds us how media messages have long endeavored to shape women's behavior and self-image, with varying degrees of success. Vividly illustrated with photographs of vintage paraphernalia, this entertaining social history revisits the nostalgic past, but only to offer a refreshing message to women who lived through those years as well as those who are coming of age now.

Swimming Toward The Light

Author : Joan Clark
ISBN : STANFORD:36105043124531
Genre : Nova Scotia
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Inside The Mirage

Author : Thomas W. Lippman
ISBN : 9780786742530
Genre : History
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The relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia has always been a marriage of convenience, not affection. In a bargain cemented by President Roosevelt and Saudi Arabia's founding king in 1945, Americans gained access to Saudi oil, and the Saudis responded with purchases of American planes, weapons, construction projects and know-how that brought them modernization, education, and security. The marriage has suited both sides. But how long can it last?In Inside the Mirage, journalist and Middle East expert Thomas W. Lippman shows that behind the cheerful picture of friendship and alliance, there is a darker tale. With so much at stake, this compelling account looks at the relationship between these two countries, and their future with one another.

Someone Of Our Blood

Author : Darlene Azbill
ISBN : 9781434314154
Genre : Fiction
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Hanford Stone carries with him a past as heavy as his name implies when he arrives in Beaux Bridge, Ohio, he a modern day flimflam man for Nearly Diamond Corporation, an energy company hoping to sell its high-sulfur coal. No one senses his burden, given his bright façade and dynamic demeanor. Surely not Hasten Edmond whose beauty, unequalled in the town, is emphasized by ebony-marbled eyes and shaft-dark mane which hints of how her persona plays the light of reflection at once with the clarity of diamond and with the carbon black of coal. She contrives to possess Hanford as she has every man of her desire, and is stunned when she finds her only competition ever in the personas of Allison, Grace, and Mary each woman with varying allures, all unachievable by Hasten and all sought by a man whose search for love demands more than beauty and wit. She sees Hanford as a contemporary in every way, but cannot fathom that part of him from a different timescape, tradition, sense of self. Nor can Hanford, a man in flight and in denial even as he succumbs to the abundance of love he helps Hasten find within herself.

College Girls Bluestockings Sex Kittens And Co Eds Then And Now

Author : Lynn Peril
ISBN : 9780393349948
Genre : Social Science
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The author of Pink Think takes on a twentieth-century icon: the college girl. A geek who wears glasses? Or a sex kitten in a teddy? This is the dual vision of the college girl, the unique American archetype born when the age-old conflict over educating women was finally laid to rest. College was a place where women found self-esteem, and yet images in popular culture reflected a lingering distrust of the educated woman. Thus such lofty cultural expressions as Sex Kittens Go to College (1960) and a raft of naughty pictorials in men’s magazines. As in Pink Think, Lynn Peril combines women’s history and popular culture—peppered with delightful examples of femoribilia from the turn of the twentieth century through the 1970s—in an intelligent and witty study of the college girl, the first woman to take that socially controversial step toward educational equity.

From Assembly Line To Steno Pool

Author : Tracey Morgan Wilson
ISBN : CORNELL:31924082789235
Genre : Business & Economics
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Medical Terminology By The Mnemonic Story System

Author : William J. Russell
ISBN : 9781425720452
Genre : Medical
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Swimming Pools And The Law

Author : James F. Stern
ISBN : STANFORD:36105044508070
Genre : House & Home
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