8 Apr 2024

Girl Friday: Kristine Philipp's memoir's honest look at women's work

From Nine To Noon, 10:05 am on 8 April 2024

Kristine Philipp was a month into Year 10 when her mother told her she needed to get a job to pay her way.

So at 15 - she signed on with a car company in Melbourne.

They'd described her job as a 'Girl Friday' - so it came as rather a shock when she learned she had to work more than one day a week.

Kristine's drawn inspiration from that first experience for the title of her new book - Girl Friday: An Extraordinarily Ordinary Working Life.

It's an honest and moving memoir of Kristine's four decades of office work. But it's also an exploration of the nature of what's considered "women's work", on-going pay inequality and the alienating nature of the 21st century workforce. 

Kristine Philipp and her book, Girl Friday.

Photo: Supplied: Hardie Grant Books