Grandmother Working

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Today in media class we watched the pilot episode of Madmen. The show crisply reflects life of the working higher-ups from the 1950’s. Men controlled big business production and women were subject to inhaling their smoke (literally and figuratively), doing their work, and hearing their sexist comments on a daily basis. What was most curious to me was that this was probably like the office my grandmother worked for during this time. Fresh out of high school, a young girl from Philadelphia got a secretary job for Proctor and Gamble. She was high spirited, beautiful, hard-working, and intelligent. I can only imagine what kind of career she would have been involved in if there had been more jobs for women than teaching and type-writering. I think of the fact that once my grandmother was more than just morning coffee, choir member, and grandma to eleven. She was just like me at 22.

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