Look at this joker in the picture above. She wants so bad to tell him to f**k off, but she can't - because it's still the seventies. The Office as Men's Club was still in full effect, harkening back to the days of Mad Men.
Most high level positions today don't even have a secretary... of any gender. It's not exactly cost effective and with modern day technology, there's just not a lot of reason to have Jane "take a memo". I have to believe that our forefather's offices had more than their share of secretaries - not because they were so damn efficient, but because...... well, that was things were done at the Gentlemen's Club..
Ashtray on the desk and his blonde dish attending to his every need..... and he was probably only at a bottom rung lower management position. Back then even the assistant shift manager at the local bank had a secretary (or two).
Can you even imagine a day when there were no copy machines or computers? In other words, if you wanted a documented copied you had to either (A) use that messy carbon paper which looked like shit or (2) have someone completely re-type it. Nowadays we select-copy-paste and don't think twice about the hours that once went into that simple task.
Secretarial work was more or less a way to pay the bills before you got hitched. Hence, the plethora of younger women.
Waiting rooms were once inundated by the sound of typewriters; not the places of quiet sterility we have today.
From an old yearbook. What a time capsule this is.
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that a lot of these businessmen let the power go to their heads and took advantage of their secretaries.
Men that were wimps at home (or repressed bachelors) could assert their inner douch-bag at work. I'm sure this sort of thing still goes on today, but take a trip back to 1962, 1974, 1981 and I'm sure it was epidemic.
I don't see any men in this class. Oh that's right, they're all drinking bourbon and chain smoking elsewhere. Somehow I doubt the words "sexual harassment" ever came up in class.
What profession populates more male fantasies than the secretary? Even the cheerleader and french maid don't come close.
Of course, anyone's whose watched Mad Men and seen Christina Hendricks in action knows that oftentimes the real person in charge was the secretary. And let's face it, this is not fiction - it is often the secretary who runs the ship. She manages the finances and knows the inner workings better than anyone. The wheels come off if she's off for a day.
Training includes "Dodging Groping Hands", "Laughing Convincingly at Terrible Jokes" and "Ignoring Inappropriate Comments".
As Al Bundy once said: "It used to be so great to be a man. Women were there to please us. They'd look after the kids and we go out and have a good time. That's the natural order of things."
Those were the days.