March is Women’s History Month and as we celebrate, it's important to recognize the significant role that women, specifically Flight Attendants, have played in the history of aviation. Here are some highlights:
- Breaking Barriers: In the early days of commercial aviation, Flight Attendants were almost exclusively women, hired for their youth, beauty, and poise. However, these women quickly demonstrated that they were much more than just "flying waitresses." They were responsible for the safety and comfort of passengers, and their job required extensive training and knowledge of aviation safety procedures.
- Activism: In the 1960s and 1970s, Flight Attendants were among the first groups of women to challenge gender-based discrimination and fight for workplace equality. They organized Unions and advocated for fair pay, job security, and better working conditions.
- Safety Advocacy: Flight Attendants also played a critical role in advocating for passenger safety. They pushed for stronger safety regulations, including the installation of smoke detectors, better training for crew members, and the use of more secure passenger seats.
- Cultural Ambassadors: Flight Attendants were also “cultural ambassadors,” representing the airlines and their countries to passengers from all over the world. They often had to learn multiple languages and were expected to be knowledgeable about the cultures and customs of the destinations they served.
- Heroes: Throughout history, Flight Attendants have demonstrated incredible bravery and heroism in times of crisis. They have helped evacuate passengers during emergencies, assisted with medical emergencies, and even helped foil hijackings.
Flight Attendants have played an important role in the history of aviation and women's rights. They have broken barriers, fought for equality, and served as ambassadors and heroes. As we celebrate Women's History Month, we should recognize and honor their contributions to the industry and society as a whole.
Throughout the month of March, be on the lookout in our communications as we continue to celebrate women in history including the upcoming Women in Aviation week.