IN THE DAY
“On every trip, appearance was a major focus. Check rides were constant and nerve wracking! Our eyelashes were glued in place and girdles tucked us in. We walked through the airport with our hats perched precariously on one of two hairdos, short or a George (Washington). We were required to get the captain’s signature for pay purposes. The women’s movement called a halt to the no-marriage rule. The contract we signed to stop flying at 32 was torn up. United fought us furiously regarding strict weight regulations. We were the only work group in the company required to weigh in. We were harassed, embarrassed and humiliated. It was one of the more challenging aspects of our career. I wonder if it continues today?