This is a report from Taiwan Daily News, the largest newspaper in Taiwan during the Japanese occupation. At this time, some advertisements for working women began to appear, such as "Soothing Soup", a health food that claims to relieve fatigue. It lists the occupational injuries that various housewives, female workers, and tea-pickers may have, and also includes endorsements from medical experts explaining the magical effects of this soothing soup.
However, in addition to traditional female workers, with the Japanese government's promotion of modernization in Taiwan, new photo retouching service constructions and shops have sprung up, and many "emerging industries" have appeared on the streets of Taiwan. Most of the so-called "emerging industries" were service industries that emerged in response to the city. Clerks (similar to secretaries), telegraphers (telephone exchanges), typists, car drivers, shop assistants, etc. were all emerging occupations at that time. According to statistics in 1930, there were about 2,000 emerging professional women of Taiwanese nationality.
1d57fce7-d41a-4b46-bd22-91daa2034b64 Photo Credit: Taiwan Governor's Office Telephone Exchange Even if the number is small, working women face many problems such as unequal pay for the same job, limited positions for which they can apply, excessive working hours, and sexual harassment in the workplace. But having their own job and salary still gave the women at that time some hope to live an independent life without being ridiculed by their husbands as "doing nothing" (rice worms).