Britain: Instant Heroines

Fed up with hearing everyone complain about Britain's ailing economy, five pert and miniskirted typists at a factory in Surrey decided to do something about it. To help boost productivity and hold costs down, the girls—Valerie White, 21, Joan Southwell, 20, Christine French, 17, Carol Ann Fry, 16, and Brenda Mumford, 15—volunteered to work 30 minutes extra a day without any additional pay. In most countries such a gesture would have attracted scant attention. In Britain, whose economic difficulties stem as much as anything from an "I'm all right, Jack" attitude among its...

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