Virgin Airlines Makes a Bold Policy Change

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By Danni Button The upstart airline has done something that was once unthinkable that its rivals may not be willing to follow. Airlines in general have always been at the forefront of gender-normative trends. In the 1950s, the image of the stewardess was one of a fit, white, attractive young woman who was either single, widowed, or divorced. The word “stewardess” is very evocative of scenes from “Mad Men,” where everyone is drinking martinis and it’s still legal to smoke cigarettes inside the plane cabin. My, how we’ve grown since then. In the 60s and 70s, there was a push to replace “stewarde…

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