IN THE DAY

RSWLiving - - Work - ―Ex­cerpted from Clipped Wings Quar­terly

“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?

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