Wendt, Lloyd, The Chicago Tribune - The Rise of a Great American Newspaper, Rand McNally and Co., 1979

pp. 455- 456 "Excerpt"

pp. 457-458 "Excerpt"

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Excerpt From Pages 455-456

Increasingly more women were employed by the paper. During the first quarter of the 20th century, their progress was remarkable. In 1896 the paper listed four women in the accounting department and 12 others in the circulation department. By 1915 there were 156 women, and by 1925 the number had increased to 369, the circulation department alone claiming 46. Under Anna Garrow, women were responsible for the paper's telephone switchboard. They also did the telephone selling in the classified advertising department, and they comprised a major part of the staff of Sunday editor Mary King. The war improved their opportunity, but most obtained their jobs through King's conviction that women were better judges of women's true interests than men, and a consensus in the advertising office that women were much more expert with the newfangled telephones than men. .…"