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The Best of Everything

The Best of Everything

Author: Rona Jaffee

Year Published: 1958

Description: Through the story of five young employees from different backgrounds who all work at a New York publishing company, The Best of Everything by Rona Jaffe provides a glimpse into the blatant sexism, inequitable workplace policies and other challenges faced by career women in male-dominated Manhattan of the 1950s.  Widely lauded for being both accurate and amusing, it was written while Jaffe was herself working as an associate editor at Fawcett Publications and was adapted into a film starring Joan Crawford.

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'Now she had no fiancé and no one she was interested in, and the new job was more than an economic convenience, it was an emotional necessity. She wasn't sure that being a secretary in a typing pool could possibly be engrossing, but she was going to have to make it so.'

The Best of Everything

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