Emma Nutt Day

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The first woman telephone operator- Emma’s first day of work was September 1, 1878 in Boston, Massachusetts. Emma would work as an operator for over 33 years. She did so well that the company, Edwin Holmes Telephone Dispatch Company, would hire more and more women. Emma herself was originally hired by Alexander Graham Bell. Bell, who is credited with inventing the first practical telephone; apparently Nutt changed jobs from a local telegraph office. She was paid a salary of $10 per month for a 54 hour week (men’s wages at that time averaged between $15-$22). Reportedly she could remember every number in the telephone directory of the Nee England Telephone Company (reportedly over 3,000 homes).

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