Quotation by Hortense Odlum

It seemed pathetic and terrible to me and it still does, that men and women work eight hours a day at jobs that bring them no joy, no reward save a few dollars.
Hortense Odlum (1892–?), U.S. businesswoman. A Woman's Place, ch. 17 (1939).

On first beginning to work at Bonwit Teller in 1932; it was a New York City women's store which was then failing. Odlum's husband, a wealthy businessman, had acquired an interest in the store. Odlum had never held a job when she acquiesced to his request that she study it and advise on how to address its problems. The workforce was understaffed, demoralized, and gloomy.
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