And of women, mothers--the nurses and teachers, the laid-off copy typists
at the Ministry of Labour--taking over as heads of households, running shops back home in the village.
Before automating the data extraction, staff in London would have to leaf through pages and pages of documents to find the particular data they needed, then send the files to another office to be written into the database by teams of copy typists
The woman, a typist who would not disclose her name, added that the people involved were copy typists
, clerks and telephonists.