Back in the day, a female legal staffer:
- Always wore pantyhose (and had an extra pair in a desk drawer, as well as a bottle of clear nail polish to repair runs)
- Typed all day on an electric typewriter (and was so grateful it wasn't a manual typewriter)
- Washed dishes and fetched coffee (and sometimes dry-cleaning)
- Knew shorthand (or faked it)
- Spent hours removing and inserting paper supplements into the firm's statute books
- Wielded a Bates-numbering machine with an iron fist
And did lots of other mind-numbing tasks that required the mechanical intuitiveness of an auto mechanic and the [silent] swearing skills of a sailor - most of which can now be accomplished electronically via technology that fits in your hand.
It'd be awesome if a smartphone could make pantyhose entirely obsolete.
Source: The National Law Journal