Swimming in the Steno Pool by Lynn Peril
A Retro Guide to Making It in the Office

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Feed your boss’s ego. Dress for success. And don’t let your heels trip you up on the corporate ladder.
 

About Lynn Peril

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Lynn Peril is a secretary and the author of Pink Think, College Girls, and Swimming in the Steno Pool. She lives in Oakland, California.
 
Published April 25, 2011 by W. W. Norton & Company. 291 pages
Genres: Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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While it's safe to say that the days in which secretaries were viewed as little more than husband-hunting sex kittens are extinct, Peril argues that today's professional women are still changing the rules of femininity, adopting traits previously only owned by men.

Mar 15 2011 | Read Full Review of Swimming in the Steno Pool: A...

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Two books offer workplace history and advice, with particular regard to the matter of gender.

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When feminists marched for equality in New York, the director of one secretaries’ group declined to participate, declaring, “We’re not exhibitionists, and we don’t carry signs.” Another rejected the idea that secretaries needed other women to liberate them.

Jun 10 2011 | Read Full Review of Swimming in the Steno Pool: A...

The New York Times

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Two books offer workplace history and advice, with particular regard to the matter of gender.

Jun 10 2011 | Read Full Review of Swimming in the Steno Pool: A...

Publishers Weekly

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A secretary herself, Peril (Pink Think) presents an informative if sporadically lively history of the secretary and her woman's arts as well as a humorous guide for those currently catering to their bosses' whims.

Jan 17 2011 | Read Full Review of Swimming in the Steno Pool: A...

The Bookbag

The subtitle of this book suggests a survival guide to secretarial work.

Sep 29 2011 | Read Full Review of Swimming in the Steno Pool: A...

Portland Book Review

It is hard to believe that only a few decades ago women in this field were victims of blatant objectification, their skills often marginalized by the expectation that they be attractive, charming, have a beautiful over-the-phone voice, and carry a “posture or stance that smacks of Hollywood.” Wh...

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