Honey, can you type?

Old Technology: Can You Identify It?

“Honey, can you type?” was once a gender-specific question. Now, typing as part of technology competence, is a gender-neutral requirement for employment.

Mass. Moves to Require Technology Competence for Lawyers · Robert Ambrogi’s LawSites Robert Ambrogi’s LawSites

A Short History of “Honey, can you type?”

When I was in high school, “Honey, can you type?” was a question that girls of all ages were asked in interviews.

After the 10-year break between my 7th and 8th semesters of college, one of my classmates was insulted when she was asked “Honey, can you type?”

One of my headhunter clients bemoaned the fact that he couldn’t hire a senior male attorney into his (then) very technologically advanced law firm where everyone had a desktop computer. “The guy needs an infrastructure, and we don’t have secretaries to take dictation.”

Massachusetts opens the door (finally) to requiring technology competence for lawyers.

“Honey can you type?” has changed from a from gender-specific question to gender-neutral assumption of technical competence.

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