Wheeler, Ruthe. Jane, Stewardess of the Airlines. Chicago: Goldsmith, 1934. Help Wanted: Female
Looking for Adventure, Mystery and Galmour!

Although the careers may vary, the heroines of the girls’ series regularly find time to solve mysteries and have adventures while maintaining their fashionable looks. For most of the career girls, their jobs merely supply an excuse to visit exotic or quaint locales that provide a scenic backdrop to the mysteries that they inevitably encounter in the course of their work and travels. 

These enterprising young women gain independence from their close knit families by leaving their small town homes to pursue exciting new careers in the big city.  Some, like Beverly Gray and Vicki Barr, first attend college or a professional training program, where they meet new friends who will accompany them on future adventures. Although most of the girls attract male admirers, romance generally does not play a significant role in the lives of these busy heroines. 

 

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Beverly Gray—World Traveler

Journalist Beverly Gray is an exemplar of the well-traveled career girl who leaves her small town home behind. 

Blank, Clair.  Reporter.  New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1940.

Blank, Clair. Reporter. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1940.
Blank, Clair. Beverly Gray on a Treasure Hunt. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1938.

After a stint in New York City, Beverly and her friends spend several volumes aboard the yacht “Susabella” whose ports of call include such exotic ports-of-call as Egypt, India, Japan and China, where she is abducted by cannibals on an unnamed island while On a Treasure Hunt.

Blank, Clair.  Beverly Gray on a Treasure Hunt. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1938.

Vicki Barr and Jane Cameron—Excitement in the Skies

The bold and daring exploits of Jane Cameron and Vicki Barr in the heady early days of commercial air travel were contrived primarily for entertainment value. However, both characters introduced young girls to a potential new career as the jacket copy of Jane, Stewardess of the Airlines proclaimed: “Air travel has created an entirely new profession of girls...

Wheeler, Ruthe.  Jane, Stewardess of the Airlines. Chicago: Goldsmith, 1934.

Wheeler, Ruthe. Jane, Stewardess of the Airlines. Chicago: Goldsmith, 1934.
Wells, Helen. Vicki Finds the Answer. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1947.

Hopefully the average air stewardess’s career would be less eventful than Jane’s who survived a crash landing in Nebraska and airborne attack by sinister “air bandits” in the one and only book of The Every Girl’s Series that featured her.  Vicki Barr faced similar perils, as each flight found her embroiled in perplexing and dangerous situations. 

Wells, Helen.  Vicki Finds the Answer.  New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1947.

Connie Blair –Teenage Career Girl

This series chronicles the escapades of “teen-age career girl” Connie Blair who works at the Reid and Renshaw advertising agency, where her detective skills also come in handy.  Betty Cavanaugh, the well-known author of juvenile fiction, wrote volumes 1-11 under the pen name Betty Allen.

Allen, Betsy.  The Clue in Blue.  New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1948.

Allen, Betsy. The Clue in Blue. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1948.
Wheeler, Ruthe. Janet Hardy in Hollywood. Chicago: Goldsmith, 1935.

Actresses
Acting was another fashionable career choice for girl’s series heroines and as with the other careers it served as an excuse to place the young protagonists in exciting and dramatic locations where mysterious events occur. Typically, as in most of the career girl series books, the aspiring actresses landed jobs with relative ease and only suffer a few minor setbacks.  

Wheeler, Ruthe.  Janet Hardy in Hollywood.  Chicago: Goldsmith, 1935.