How Secretaries Changed the 20th-Century Office: Design, Image, and Culture

During the 20th century women poured into offices all over the US to work as "typewriter girls," stenographers, and secretaries. New spaces, furnishings, and clothing emerged to meet their needs, while popular culture glamorized them. The exhibition explores transformations in the workplace and women's lives and features office equipment, furniture, fashions, magazines, and much more.

How Secretaries Changed the 20th-Century Office: Design, Image, and Culture
February 6 - May 23, 2010, Goldstein Museum of Design
Opening reception Friday, February 5, 2010, 6-8 p.m.
Co-curators lecture Thursday, February 18, 2010, 6 pm, 33 McNeal Hall
Film series, April 20-22, 2010, 6 p.m., 33 McNeal Hall

  • April 20: Skyscraper Souls (1932)
  • April 21: The Best of Everything (1959)
  • April 22: Nine to Five (1980)

During the exhibition, donate gently-used women's office wear to 364 McNeal for Women Achieving New Directions (WAND), a 20-year-old organization providing career and job services to low-income single mothers.

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