After the educational resources of universities
and training colleges were available, women wasted no time moving
into the white collar workforce. Although promotions for women
were not readily accessible and men often treated them with a
paternalistic attitude, they managed to hold a place of importance
in offices and banks.
Main Street and Central Row
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companies often employed women as switchboard attendants and operators.
It required a certain degree of training, which the company provided.
Later companies such as the Southern New England Telecom offered
a variety of actives for their female workers, including a basketball
Liberty Loan Office Staff,
Aetna Life Insurance Company,
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The women working here might have attended a business
college or may have had only high school educations with some
training in typing or in secretarial work. The women in this picture
account for over half of the office staff, illustrating their
presence in the workforce.