Who is Janelle Monae playing in her upcoming film? Learn more about Mary Jackson:

We’re all super excited about the film Hidden Figures, featuring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae in her first film role:

But who is Mary Jackson, the woman that Monae is portraying?  She was one of the youngest African-American women hired at Langley to work for the NACA as a “computer.”  That’s just part of her story though, she continued to work for NACA/NASA for over 30 years.  She didn’t just rise through the ranks as a mathematician and engineer, but when she saw how minorities and women were being passed over for advancement, she took a pay cut and switched careers to change the face of the NASA’s engineering workforce as an Equal Opportunity Specialist.

You can learn all about Mary Jackson’s amazing contributions to NASA on today’s episode of Introductions Necessary.  

And as a bonus, check out our previous episode on Katherine Johnson, who will be played by Taraji P. Henson.

As Administrative Professionals Week comes to a close, do you have what it takes to succeed?

Brooke’s Your Reflector Number I (Personality) Quiz from the Secretarial Training Program in Waco, Texas from January 1959 to June 1959 (Online catalog identifier 7280725).

Among the holdings of the National Archives at Fort Worth are the records of the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training (RG 300).  These documents, dating from the late 1950s to the late 1960s, offer insights into how secretaries were viewed and trained.  They also offer a glimpse of an era gone by.

This flashback comes courtesy of our colleagues at the National Archives at Fort Worth, and their blog series: Flashback! Secretaries of the 1950s and 1960s: Do You Have What it Takes to be One

How did you score? Do you have a “good personality rating for the business world”?

From the staff of Higgins Industries 70 years ago and from The National WWII Museum today, Happy Secretary/Administrative Professional’s Day!

Image: From the March 1943 issue of the Eureka News Bulletin. Gift of Walter Brunken, from the collection of The National WWII Museum.

Please fire me. Happy Administrative Professionals Day!

I have been in my job for the past ten years, during which time I have been laid off once, and had my hours cut three times.  I am currently earning just enough to pay my rent, cell phone bill, and car insurance, with a couple hundred left to splurge on food and anything and everything else I will need to survive for the next 30 days—until I get my next paycheck. 

I will never forget that very special day five years ago, on what used to be called “Secretary’s Day”, that personalized hand delivered envelopes were given to each hourly employee.  Did these envelopes contain letters of admiration for a job well done, bonus checks, or even a gift card to Starbucks?  NO!  We all got lay off notices or pink slips! Happy Administrative Professionals Day everyone!

Delusions of Grandeur

Each of the departments represented at our lunch today were tasked with writing a blurb about their respective admins and this is what my managers came up with:

Estimable, exemplary, meritorious, superb…

If we were like Joseph, we’d use such big words.

Sterling, superlative, transcendent at best. 

Joseph, our wordsmith is mentally blessed.

His eloquent impertinence wows us each day

Poor Joseph must teach us to spell and to say.

But let’s not belabor our point, I digress,

We’re thankful for Joseph, our resident genius.

The above words were actually outsourced to another who shares an affinity for diction in my office. Still I thought it was quite nice.