Girls tap typewriters and boys take shorthand in a commercial class at Auckland Technical College in 1903. While typing and stenography were initially seen as useful skills for all students, by this time the mechanised and routine aspects of office toil were increasingly considered women’s work. This gave girls more opportunities to gain commercial jobs, which had higher status – if not always better pay – than factory work.
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