After years of being a secretary, currently called an “administrative professional,” I was able to go home and be a full-time mom. Fortunately, for many of those mom years, I was also writing a newspaper column. In April 1992, I penned this piece, based on my secretarial experience. Overall, the role was not unlike the job as depicted in Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5.” I worked for a few Mr. Harts. You was also blessed to work with some excellent manager/mentors.
Because this is ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONALS WEEK, I am sharing it. Though the IBM Selectric has gone the way of dial phones and Studebakers, little else has really changed for the women who answer make the coffee, type the memos, answer the phones, and keep it all together.
Traditionally, the Wednesday of Administrative Professionals Week was known as “Secretaries Day,” when the administrative would be treated to lunch by her superiors. And by “superior,” I don’t mean the people who are necessarily any smarter than the administrative – they just make a lot more money.
So, here’s hoping all secretaries/administrative assistants get a free lunch, candy, flowers, or all of the above today!
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