1973 January 29

Emily Howell Warner: First Female Pilot for a Commercial Airline


Emily Howell Warner made aviation history on this day when she was hired by Frontier Airlines as the first female airline pilot for a U.S. airline.

In a related set of sex discrimination issues in the airlines industry, see the struggles of “stewardesses” against restrictive and insulting employment requirements: April 17, 1963; February 26, 1965January 20, 1966; and March 10, 1973.

In her own words: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9swUJNOujw

Learn more: http://www.greatwomen.org/women-of-the-hall/search-the-hall/details/2/193-Warner

Read about the history of stewardesses: Kathleen Barry, Femininity in Flight: A History of Flight Attendants (2007)

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