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Office Romance By the Numbers

When women entered the office in the 1870s, so did sex. By that time, barely 2,000 women had entered the office workplace, which was being gradually revolutionized, gender-wise, partially due to a Civil War-related "man drain." This was also when a company called E. Remington & Sons was looking to diversify its post-war product line away from rifles and got into the typewriter business. By 1900, the proportion of female stenographers or "typewriter girls" was 76.7 percent, as secretarial work was well on its way to becoming a "pink collar" profession.