Old 12-16-2011, 08:14 AM
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Originally Posted by ryan darrow View Post
When did we stop calling them secretaries? Was that about the time waiters became servers, and stewardesses became flight attendants?
The job of a secretary was mostly related to correspondence, such as the typing out of letters, maintaining files of paper documents, etc

In an office today there is no need for designated "secretaries" to take notes, type things up, file documents etc. Everyone can do these tasks on their own.

Administrative assistants, have the job of basically managing the day to day activities of the office. I know at my job our admin books conference room space, organizes our training, orders offices supplies, is in charge of all of our safety and evacuation procedures, is in charge of setting up office space for new employees, and pretty much anything else you can think of under the sun.

I would think calling her a secretary is demeaning because her job is not a typists or to file paper work, she basically runs the office.