Emma Mills Nutt became the world’s first female telephone operator in operator in history when she began working for the Edwin Holmes Telephone Dispatch Company in Boston, Mass. She was paid a salary of $10 a month for a 54 hour work week. The first operators for the company were teenage boys who did not work well with the customers. Emma reportedly could remember every number in the directory of New England Telephone Company. Within seven years, all telephone operators in Boston were women.