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The great stewardess rebellion : how women launched a workplace rebellion at 30,000 feet / Nell McShane Wulfhart.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Fertile Public Library 331.4813 MCS (Text) 33500013593231 New Checked out 06/14/2022

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780385546454
  • ISBN: 0385546459
  • Physical Description: ix, 309 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2022]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-294) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Part I. Patt -- Honeybuns on the charm farm -- Gloves to grievances -- The airstrip -- Sonia in fantasyland -- What the BFOQ? -- Black mollies -- Think of her as your mother -- Do women age faster on airplanes? -- In and out of uniform -- Part II. Tommie -- Flying pianos -- Pregnancy and pursers -- The case of Mary Pat -- Men on board -- Smiling through it all -- Stewardesses for women's rights -- We really move our tails for you -- First the commies, then the feminists -- The single room contract -- Part III. Patt and Tommie -- Stay or go? -- Election day -- Professionals at last.
Summary, etc.:
"The empowering story of a group of spirited stewardesses who fought for their rights in the cabin and revolutionized the workplace for all American women"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 March #1
    This engaging account describes how women flight attendants (or stewardesses, as they were known during the last half of the twentieth century) fought for decades for equal wages, an end to blatantly sexist work cultures, and the respect due to them as highly skilled professionals. This account also offers insightful profiles of two women who successfully led these campaigns against seemingly impossible odds: Patt Gibbs and Tommie Hutto. Their compelling stories unfold against the backdrop of the turbulent 1960s and '70s. The most disturbing parts of the book describe misogynistic training schools and the job expectations enforced across the airline industry. These extremes (mandatory girdles and white gloves; routine public, supervised weigh-ins) were exceeded only by shockingly distasteful advertising campaigns touting stewardesses' presumed sexual availability. Travel journalist Wulfhart explains union wranglings, emerging legislation, and lengthy court battles within context, exposing the era's expectations regarding women's roles as sex objects, wives, and mothers in stark reality. This is an eye-opening chapter in the history of feminism and women's rights. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

NELL MCSHANE WULFHART is a frequent contributor to the New York Times travel section and wrote the column "Carry On" from 2016-2019. She has written for Travel + LeisureBon AppétitCondé Nast TravelerThe Wall Street Journal Magazine, and T Magazine. She is the author of the Audible Original Off Menu.

Subject: Flight attendants.
Sexual harassment.
Sex role in the work environment.
Employee rights.
Women > Employment > Law and legislation.

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