Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on September 3, 1972 · Page 82
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 82

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, September 3, 1972
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few Sex Of tkeAHKS-Stewards by Lloyd Shearer left Not/wens of Seattle is one of United Air Lines'new stewards. Eventually all major domestic sirlines will hire stewards as well as stewardesses. Nouwens practices coffee-serving technique on stewardess Diane Hodak of Long Beach, Calif. CHICAGO. M otherhood remains the last occupation exclusively available to women. All the other traditionally feminine vocations in this country have long been invaded by men. The latest to meet this fate is airline hostessing. Once the domain of trim, attractive, industrious young women, fabled in film and fantasy as sexy and desirable, the airline stewardess today shares her field with equally hard-working, handsome young men. The Civil Rights Act of 1964, the 1971 Circuit Court decision in the case of Diaz vs. Pan American World Airways, the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972--in short, the law has abolished sex as a job qualification in the U.S. Once the Circuit Court decision went into effect, the first U.S. airline to regularly hire stewards domestically was United Air Lines. It began the practice in March, 1972, and now has 150 males working its domestic routes. "We pay the young men," explains Pate Hutchens, United's employment director, "exactly what we pay our young women: $500.50 per month base pay for 70 hours of flying time, $11 per hour for everything over 70, plus meal allowances. And the stewards have exactly the same duties as the stewardesses: preparing and serving food, mixing drinks, making the passengers comfortable, being generally helpful." The stewards train for their job at United's Service Center in Elk Grove, III., by taking the same five-week course as the girls. Their dorms are segregated, but their classes are not. To date, the young men trainees have done a bit better than the young women, because they work harder. Husband hunters 'That's understandable," points out training director Marlin Lade. "After all, a girl comes into this stewardess job, perceiving it to lead to a short-term career, maybe a year or two. She views the job as a tremendous opportunity for marriage or as an interesting interval until she settles down. "Men, on the other hand," he offers, "come into the job career-oriented. They want to get into the airline business, and they see the job of steward as a good one in which to make their first step forward." Jeff Nouwens, 21, of Seattle, is typical of United's new breed of stewards. Tall (6 feet) well-built, extroverted and ambitious, with two years of junior college to his credit, Nouwens applied for work with United in January. "I heard from a friend," he reports, "that United had some steward positions open. The employment situation in Seattle was awful, so I said to myself. PARADE · SEPTEMBER 3, 1172

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