Background: The play Top Girls is set in early-1980s England and deals with women’s position in society. In this scene, the main character, Marlene, the managing director of the “Top Girls” employment agency, is interviewing a young secretary, Jeanine. The scene reveals much about the world of work for women at the time: Jeanine is not offered much of interest, and it is clear that marriage and children are considered hindrances to any possible chance of promotion. On the other hand, we also have Marlene, a ‘top girl’ who has succeeded at work: she is efficient, in control and encourages Jeanine to accept one of the jobs on offer.
Caryl Churchill’s “Top Girls”
CECR : B1, B2