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What am I noting September 1

September 2, 2020

 


September 1 every year commemorates the life and work of the U.S.’s first female telephone operator, Emma M. Nutt.

Prior to Ms. Nutt’s hiring by the Edwin Holmes Telephone Despatch Company in Boston, Massachusetts on September 1, 1878, all telephone operators were men. Emma was employed for 33 years – often working 54 hour a week for a salary of $10 per month.  She was also notable for having memorized all of the telephone numbers in the New England Telephone Company directory and for paving the way for women in her field.

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