Women Monotype Operators, 1911.

Who said that women didn’t operate Monotype Typesetting Keyboards?
Admittedly it would have been hard to break down the male dominated areas of Typesetting.
But it did happen.
Here at the Riverside Press, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1911.
Riverside Press was a specialist publisher concentrating on printing quality Limited Editions of Classic texts and an enlightened employer saw the value of women typesetters.
Their motto was “Do it Well or not at All”. These ladies must have been good.
But the big question would have been, “How did their wages shape up with the men?”

2 thoughts on “Women Monotype Operators, 1911.

  1. Women did so much more. History is perhaps our biggest offender, where so many women hid behind men’s names for social acceptance, and then there were those that stood on their own name, but even them history forgot. Because behind the pen of most of history was after all a man! 🙂


    • Hey Kushbo,
      You definitely are switched on. In my past life as an Union organiser I remember a lady supervisor of male typesetters getting less than the men she supervised. We took her case on and got her a hefty increase and back paid to the day she became the supervisor.
      Unfortunately, those successes were outweighed by the male dominated culture that exists at work. But this lady was one strong woman. A worker is a worker no matter what gender.
      Cheers Rod

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