Administrative Professionals Day

I am a secretary.

In my case, I’m secretary to the Board of Directors of the L.M. Montgomery Land Trust. In that capacity I do just as the dictionary says:

A person employed to handle correspondence, keep files, and do clerical work for another person or an organization.

I don’t consider secretary to be a pejorative term, and I’ve always failed to see why others see it this way.

Which is why Administrative Professionals Day confuses me. For the unintiated, this is the new term for what used to be called Secretaries Day, and it’s celebrated this year on April 24, 2002.

While I can certainly understand the transition from stewardess to the gender-neutral flight attendant and the utility of their simply being actors, male and female, I can’t understand why a secretary is elevated somehow by applying this hackneyed new title.

While my own secretarial work involves only a few hours a week, I am the beneficiary of of the efforts of many other secretaries who are at it full time. They are, without exception, a hard working and invaluable lot.

So whether by secretary or administrative professional or administrative assistance or personal private executive chargé d’affaires, I salute you all.


Rob MacD's picture
Rob MacD on April 19, 2002 - 17:51 Permalink

Probably the only thing to come out of changing it to Administrative Professionals Day is that fewer secretaries will end up getting flowers, cards, or taken out to lunch.

Nancy Matthews's picture
Nancy Matthews on April 17, 2006 - 18:54 Permalink

I am a member of the Intl. Asssoc. of Admin. Professionals which sponsors this week/day, and a lot of secretaries still prefer to receive flowers and/or lunch. I do not; I prefer training.

Cheri's picture
Cheri on April 17, 2006 - 19:17 Permalink

My coworkers and I are “program assistants.” We support our professional and administrative staff, do all the “little things” that add up to a lot, and do a large load of clerical and administrative duties, yet management does not consider us secretaries or administrative professionals, as our titles do not match. I personally think they are cheap and have no concern at all for the people that support them!!!