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Edith Lauterbach: She Fought for Equal Rights in the Sky

Posted on 02/7/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyWhen Edith Lauterbach started working as a flight attendant in 1944, women who held the job were referred to as “sky girls” or “coeds,” and they could be fired for marrying or gaining weight — or even for reaching the age of 32. As detailed in a 1985 Knight-Ridder News Service article, they had to put up with touch inspections to verify that they were wearing girdles, and their nail polish and lipstick had to be company-approved. They also had to …