These Vintage Ads Illustrate Why the World Needs Feminism
Ashley Lauren Dickinson

Holy Nellie! I’m old enough to remember cringing at some of these but (luckily?) somehow escaped seeing the worst of them.

Airlines in those days fired their stewardesses if they gained 5 lbs or got married. Nobody called them “flight attendants” until the 1980s, and the sexual availability of “stewies” was something many male passengers took for granted. A “girl” was expected to stay calm and polite even when groped by a drunk in an aisle seat while she was trying to serve dinner.

Somehow the profession never tempted me.

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