"My mother had taught shorthand and typing to support us ever since my father died"
Secretaries at work, New York City (1937)
Public DomainSecretaries at work, New York City (1937) - Credit: unknown

Following her husband's death in 1940, Sylvia Plath's mother was obliged to go out to work to support her family. After a period teaching at the local high school, she obtained a job organising courses for the training of Medical Secretaries at a Boston college. She herself had taken a course in typing and shorthand at the same college prior to training as a teacher.