Week was created in 1952 through
the work of Harry F. Klemfuss of
Young & Rubicam, in conjunction
with the National Secretaries Association,
now known as the International Association
of Administrative Professionals.
His goal was to encourage more people
to consider careers in the secretarial/administrative
support field. Using his skill and
experience in public relations,
Klemfuss promoted the values and
importance of the job of administrative
assistants. In doing so, he also
created the holiday in recognition
of the importance of administrative
of secretaries! Office angels
to file tedium away;
pitching in for paltry wages:
them on Secretaries Day!
bearers of our office burdens,
less-than-equal sharers of rewards;
guardians of others' gardens:
them due homage in your song!
the rites of recognition;
Elevate them to their one-day throne;
your unabashed appreciation,
Doing much for those who much have
of the office silent serve,
Yet sing this day the praises they
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