SWIMMING IN THE STENO POOL by Lynn Peril

SWIMMING IN THE STENO POOL

A Retro Guide to Making It in the Office

KIRKUS REVIEW

A humorous guide to exploring the changing definition of a woman’s role in the workplace.

What label best classifies the post of secretary—“sex bomb” or “office wife?” Peril (College Girls: Bluestockings, Sex Kittens and Co-eds, Then and Now, 2006, etc.) delves into the stereotypes that continue to plague secretaries. Running the gamut from vampy vixens to officious career gals, secretaries have always been varied personalities with varying abilities; some were able to use their position as a stepping stone while others hit the glass ceiling. The author’s study is packed with witty anecdotes drawn from multiple eras, and lavish images and illustrations accompany her lively prose. Peril examines the changing perspective of female competence in the workplace, from its start in the battlefield to the offices of the future. The author highlights the challenges women faced at the office, and the problems women must still reckon with even in the most forward-thinking companies of this era—including the seemingly insignificant question of whose responsibility it is to put on a pot of coffee. While it's safe to say that the days in which secretaries were viewed as little more than husband-hunting sex kittens are extinct, Peril argues that today's professional women are still changing the rules of femininity, adopting traits previously only owned by men.

A great choice for ladies climbing the corporate ladder from the bottom up.

 

Pub Date: April 25th, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-393-33854-6
Page count: 256pp
Publisher: Norton
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2011




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