To the Editor:
Anne Eisenberg’s New York Times review of “Good Girls” by Lynn Povich (Sept 2) carried me back to June, 1955.
I had just been graduated from CCNY where I was heralded as the first female editor of The Campus, its student newspaper. Recently married and living in the mid-West, I applied to the St. Louis Globe Democrat, a morning newspaper that is now defunct, for a reporter’s job.
After doing a rewrite on a manual typewriter in the newsroom, I was asked to come back the next day. A young male editor told me I was the best person for the job, but they really wanted a man.
I had to settle for a secretary’s job at a food trade magazine where I worked myself up to writing copy and doing layout — but also had to dust my boss’ desk every morning.
Francine Marcus Farber