Women & Word Processors — November 30, 2016

Women & Word Processors

Computer Chips and Paper Clips: Technology and Women’s Employment, Volume II: Case Studies and Policy Perspectives, 1987.

Janine Morgall. Typing Our Way to Freedom: Is It True that new Office Technology Can Liberate Women? Feminist Review (1981).

Lorna Marsden. Office Automation: Where Will Change Really Occur? Canadian Woman Studies(Summer 1984).

9 to 5 – National Association of Working Women


Processed World —

Processed World

Processed World: Are You Doing the Processing…Or Are You Being Processed?

Processed World magazine was founded in 1981 by a small group of dissidents, mostly in their twenties, who were then working in San Francisco’s financial district. The magazine’s creators found themselves using their only marketable skill after years of university education: “handling information.” In spite of being employed in offices as “temps,” few really thought of themselves as “office workers.” More common was the hopeful assertion that they were photographers, writers, artists, dancers, historians or philosophers.


Beyond these creative ambitions, the choice to work “temp” was also a refusal to join the rush toward business/yuppie professionalism. Instead of 40-70 hour weeks at thankless corporate career climbing, they sought more free time to pursue their creative instincts. Nevertheless, day after day, they found themselves cramming into public transit en route to the ever-expanding Abusement Park of the financial district. Thus, from the start, the project’s expressed purpose was twofold: to serve as a contact point and forum for malcontent office workers (and wage-workers in general) and to provide a creative outlet for people whose talents were blocked by what they were doing for money.


The entire run of issues is online at Internet Archive

The iEconomy —

The iEconomy

Democracy Now
October 10, 2012
“As Millions Buy iPhone 5, Chinese Workers at Apple Plant Foxconn Protest Workplace Conditions”

February 10, 2012
Apple, Accustomed to Profits and Praise, Faces Outcry for Labor Practices at Chinese Factories

This American Life 460: Retraction, March 15, 2012
(re Mike Daisey’s story on FoxConn)