The story of the pioneering young women who became flight attendants at a time when single women were unable to order a drink, eat alone in a restaurant, own a credit card or get a prescription for birth control.
American Experience: Fly With Me airs Tuesday, February 20 at 9 p .m. on WXXI-TV.
Becoming a “stewardess,” as they were called, offered unheard-of opportunities for travel, glamor, adventure and independence. Although often maligned as feminist sellouts, these women were on the frontlines of the battle to assert gender equality and transform the workplace. Featuring firsthand accounts, personal stories and a rich archival record, the film tells the lively and important but neglected history of the women who changed the world while flying it.
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