New York’s YWCA began offering the first typing classes for women in 1881. Within five years, there were 60,000 women working as typists throughout the country.
A few women have gone into court reporting, but the work is too exhausting as a rule. For the same reason women cannot be much used by newspapers for reporting meetings. Too much of the work is done late at night and under conditions that would soon break any woman down. Few men are able to stand the strain more than ten or fifteen years.
~ “Occupations for Women,” in The Woman’s Book, 1894
…to-day there are many women court stenographers all over the United States, who, I am told, are preferred to men on account of their painstaking care, accuracy and habits.
~ Mary McCalla Evans, Biennial of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, 1896