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Guide to the Stewardesses for Women's Rights Oral History Collection OH.012

Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY, 10012
(212) 998-2630
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Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive

Collection processed by Unattributed NYU Libraries staff and David A. Olson

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 Finding aid created by David A. Olson incorporating description by unattributed NYU Libraries staff 2013

Historical/Biographical Note

In 1972, two Eastern Airlines flight attendants, Sandra Jarrell and Jan Fulsom, took Eastern to court on charges of discriminatory weight and grooming regulations. They decided to band together with other women and fight discrimination and sexism throughout the industry, and Stewardesses for Women's Rights was founded. In March of 1973, they organized their first national conference held in New York City, hosted by Gloria Steinem. In June 1973, the Stern Family Fund granted the SFWR $25,000, which enabled them to open a national office in Rockefeller Center, New York City. Great progress was made in the next few years toward better working conditions, equal treatment with male co-workers, and removing hazardous cargo from passenger flights. Through their involvement with SFWR, many flight attendants became interested and active in their own unions, and thus drifted away from involvement with SFWR. Due to declining membership and lack of funding, SFWR closed its doors in the spring of 1976.