Emma M. Nutt’s first day of work started on September 1st, 1878 as the first female telephone operator. (As far as I know she may have been the first telephone operator ever!) She would go on to provide her service for another 33 years, her work coming to an end before many people in the United States even got a phone! I do not know how many people she served those first few years, my guess would be things were pretty boring from time to time, but there would always be challenges to overcome. So every time you pick up a phone today, think of Emma M. Nutt as she pioneered the telephone service in it’s infancy.