Typewriting: A Key Skill for Women in Business

Christopher Sholes invented the typewriter prototype in 1868. Remington–a company better known for its sewing machines–brought a successful version to market a decade later. By the 1880s, with the rise of big business in the heart of the Gilded Age, typewriters were well on their way to becoming indispensable office equipment. And the need for skilled operators created a new category of job, one that would become almost exclusively feminine by 1930.

Watch the video to find out how typewriting was key to women in business for most of the 20th century.