Stewardesses for Women’s Rights Hold 2-Day Conference
The conference, Stewardesses for Women’s Rights, was part of a rising tide of protests of discriminatory employment practices against stewardesses. At that time, the job was limited to women; had the job title of stewardess (rather than the contemporary “flight attendant”); women were forced to retire in their mid-30s; and they were subject to weight-monitoring. The conference unveiled a new symbol: the traditional symbol for women but with wings added. Feminist leader Gloria Steinem addressed the conference.
Watch a 1960s American Airlines commercial on their stewardesses: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZGR3Bn9eMQ
Learn more: Kathleen M. Barry, Femininity in Flight: A History of Flight Attendants (2007)