Jill Lepore Is an Inspirational Badass

If you're not a huge Jill Lepore fan already, you should be — the Harvard Americanist and frequent New Yorker contributor's writing is both whip-smart and accessible (Read her on Planned Parenthood and gun control right away.) » 4/02/13 11:15pm 4/02/13 11:15pm

“Secretary’s Day” And Social Control

How does "culture" control us? In her book Talk of Love, Ann Swidler argues that culture has the power to shape our behavior even when we do not internalize the cultural narratives to which we are exposed. She uses Secretary's Day, or Administrative Professional's Day if you're being politically correct, as an example. » 4/29/11 2:05pm 4/29/11 2:05pm

Clueless Secretary Prompts Hilarious Office Email Thread

No, seriously. Just read this in its entirety, from the top. Because if you haven't yet seen this brilliant exchange from David Thorne*, you need to. Right now. » 7/08/10 4:40pm 7/08/10 4:40pm

The More Things Change...

According to a recent survey from the UK, more than a third of secretaries have been asked to do something that went "beyond the call of duty," including bathing a boss's mother, making curtains, and holding a boss's hand. [Telegraph] » 11/03/09 11:40am 11/03/09 11:40am

Mad Men: Women Are The Ultimate Power Players In Office Politics

I kind of love when the guys on Mad Men » 9/08/08 6:00pm 9/08/08 6:00pm get really sexist and offensive and act like they're better in the workforce than women, because it only helps to further illuminate how they're not. Take for example, the showdown between Joan and Jane on last night's episode. Both women are well aware just how smart and…

"Secretaries, look!" begins a typewriter ad from around 1955. "Look how Underwood and Underwood alone helps your keep fingernails and hands lovely to look at, lovely to touch!" The first feature: "exclusive half-moon keys." The shape means "fingernails never touch the keys. No more worry about short unfashionable… » 11/29/07 10:45am 11/29/07 10:45am