A Woman to Know: Evelyn Berezin
|Julia Carpenter||May 2, 2019|
At the time, I was too confident and quite insensitive to that kind of man. Worse, I told them what I thought. A loud woman they did not know how to deal with. — Evelyn Berezin
(image via Computer History Museum)
In 1968, Evelyn Berezin began experimenting with a device that would ultimately change the lives of secretaries and assistants — and seriously anyone who could type.
Her machine, the Redactron, eventually made its way into offices around the world, where it gave workers a revolutionary power: now, they could cut text, paste text and delete it, all in a few taps on a keyboard.
"It became obvious to the men that they didn't need their secretaries anymore. They could do most of it themselves ... We learned that if there is anything a man hates, it is to give up his secretary," Evelyn told The New York Times.
Add to your library list:
Track Changes: A Literary History of Word Processing (Matthew G. Kirschenbaum)
Evelyn Berezin Pioneered Word Processors and Butted Heads with Men (The Wall Street Journal)
Evelyn Berezin (Computer History Museum)
Evelyn Berezin, 93, Dies (The New York Times)
Hall of Fame: Evelyn Berezin (Women in Technology)
From the Archives: Evelyn Berezin (Computer History Museum)
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