WHITE COLLAR GIRL by Renee Rosen
Although not as good as Rosen’s earlier WHAT THE LADY WANTS, WHITE COLLAR GIRL tells an interesting and informative tale of what it was like to be a “professional girl” in the 1950’s working for the illustrious Chicago Tribune. Jordan Walsh, hired as a cub reporter under the assumption she was a male, is quickly relegated to the “women’s page”, society weddings and food stories. Her struggle to be taken seriously is the plot of this tale.
Jordan and the other reporters are well drawn characters. The working conditions and pay of the 1950’s are laid out clearly as is the politics in Chicago under the first Mayor Daley. Although occasionally dropping to the level of women’s romantic fiction, the book still offers a wise glimpse into the workings of a big city newspaper and the blatant discrimination against women in the work force.
4 of 5 stars