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Come Fly the World

by Julia Cooke
# UT6672 Hardcover, 266 pages; 2021
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Spanning the 1960s and 70s, this engrossing history chronicles the careers of five Pan Am stewardesses: a biology major, a globetrotting outdoorswoman, a Norwegian expat, one of the few Black stewardesses, and a midwestern beauty climbing the corporate ladder. The job perks were considerable: Unlike many women, the stewardesses enjoyed financial independence and the freedom to travel alone. But their glamorous image belied grueling schedules, sexism, and intense danger. And though many dismissed these professionals' overtly feminine roles, "the women of Pan Am" became important players in the fight for women's equality. I flew through this fascinating read in a single day! (KG)
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