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My Sisters Telegraphic: Women in the Telegraph Office, 1846-1950
Thomas C. Jepsen (au)
In the mid-19th cent., women entered a challenging, competitive technological field -- the telegraph industry. They competed directly with men, demanding & occasionally getting equal pay. Women telegraphers made up a subculture of technically educated workers whose skills, mobility, & independence set them apart from their contemporaries. This fascinating study fills in the missing history of women telegraph operators -- their work, their daily lives, their workplace issues. It includes an analysis of “telegraph romance,” a largely forgotten genre of pop lit. that grew up around the women operators & their work. Also explores the surprising parallels between the telegraphy of the 19th cent. & the work of women in technical fields today. Illustrations.
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