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Obras de Nell McShane Wulfhart


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This interesting book was recommended by BookPage. It's the story of flight attendants (originally called stewardesses) told mainly through the actions of Patt Gibbs and Tommie Hutto though many others were involved in the changes to the industry.

Those more familiar with labor organizations/labor relations and unions may understand parts of the book better than I did. It made me think--my grandfather (He's gone now.) used to teach about that topic, but yet I seem to know little about it.

In the beginning, the job was meant for young, "perfect", single women--with age limits and weight requirements, mandatory retirement upon marriage. Uniforms were determined by the airlines (and some of the uniforms sound pretty hideous!). Changes occurred gradually and this is the story of how that happened.

Deregulation of the airline industry seems to have changed the profession more--that is discussed at the very end of the book but not in as much detail as the other changes that came before that time.
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JenniferRobb | outras 4 resenhas | Apr 14, 2024 |
An inspiring read about women who decided to take charge of their working conditions. It is easy for us to take for granted what we now have as rights. So much so that some young women don't see the ongoing need for feminism. It is, therefore, so important to learn about and remember and honour those who fought so hard for our rights.

Labour unions, that bastion of egalitarianism, treated female members as second-class citizens for far too long. Stewardesses were seen as hostesses, there for the enjoyment of predominantly male passengers. They were not recognized as trained professionals there for passenger safety. On top of the unfairness and sexism, think of the implications for public safety if the person responsible for evacuating a crashed plane was starving, dressed in a miniskirt and high heeled go-go boots.

The book looks at history and legal cases. And it focuses on a few women in depth so we can follow their stories. This book is well written, easy to read and so informative.
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LynnB | outras 4 resenhas | Apr 12, 2024 |
This was an easy four stars and is recommended if you’ve read Come Fly the World, which focuses on Pan Am. The Great Stewardess Rebellion covers flight attendants from multiple airlines in the United States and recounts how they ended up being the trailblazers for gender equality by fighting utterly ridiculous employment standards. Female flight attendants couldn’t be married, couldn’t get pregnant, couldn’t be older than 32, and had to weigh an unhealthily low amount. Once men were allowed to become flight attendants, they weren’t measured by the same standards, especially the weight limit — men could weigh up to the maximum weight for a man’s “large” frame, but women were not allowed to weigh more than a woman’s “small” frame, even though it might be healthier to carry more weight. The flight attendants cleverly used the airlines’ ridiculously sexist advertising against them and eventually working conditions changed. This book not only tells the flight attendants’ stories but also the legal context in which these battles were being fought: one of the main viewpoints is of a lawyer who worked for the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission. That part of the story was interesting because I hadn’t come across it before.… (mais)
rabbitprincess | outras 4 resenhas | Aug 21, 2022 |
Beginning in the 1960's, the Stewardess' decided that they had enough. Enough of the low pay, weight checks, , age restrictions, marriage restrictions, and pregnancy restrictions. Together, they began to work with their union to fight these discriminatory practices. This book focuses on a handful of these women who changed the labor laws for the better. Well written and paced, this both informative and easy to read. 5 out of 5 stars.
JanaRose1 | outras 4 resenhas | Jun 1, 2022 |





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