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drawing of a stenographer, Ann Arbor 2013

Manpower's Womanpower

Carolyn Gatward's white glove gals

posted 2/20/2013

Stenographers--those gals (rarely guys) trained in something called shorthand--were in demand when Manpower, Inc., opened its doors locally fifty years ago. The area's first temp agency sent them out wearing white gloves--accessories that connoted a woman of refinement and good character. "It was a prestige thing!" recalls Carolyn Gatward, eighty-four.

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