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Memoirs & Other Writings by/about Flight Attendants

Trudy Baker and Rachel Jones, with Donald Bain, Coffee, Tea or Me? The Uninhibited Memoirs of Two Airline Stewardesses (New York: Penguin, 2003)

Birdie Bomar and Kathryn Bankston,
Birdie: The True Story of Delta’s First In-Air Stewardess (Bloomington, Ind.: 1st Books, 2002)

Aimée Bratt,
Glamour and Turbulence — I Remember Pan Am, 1966-91 (New York: Vantage Press, 1996)

Lucille Chase,
Skirts Aloft (Chicago: Louis Mariano, 1959)

Paula Christian,
Twilight Girls (New York: Kensington Books, 2003)

Rene Foss,
Around the World in a Bad Mood! Confessions of a Flight Attendant (New York: Hyperion, 2002)

Elliott Hester,
Plane Insanity: A Flight Attendant’s Tales of Sex, Rage, and Queasiness at 30,000 Feet (New York: St. Martin’s, 2003)

Ruby Jeans Jackson,
Flying High: Diary of a Flight Attendant (Bloomington, Ind.: AuthorHouse, 2006)

Jeanne Judson,
Carol Trent, Air Stewardess (New York: Bantam Books, 1957)

Paula Kane, with Christopher Chandler,
Sex Objects in the Sky: A Personal Account of the Stewardess Rebellion (Chicago: Follett Publishing, 1974)

Marsha Marks,
Flying by the Seat of My Pants: Flight Attendant Adventures on a Wing and a Prayer (Colorado Springs, CO: WaterBrook Press, 2005)

Dickie Meyer,
Girls at Work in Aviation (NY: Doubleday, Doran, 1943)

Mary F. Murray,
Skygirl: A Career Handbook for the Airline Stewardess (New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1951)

Marguerite Nelson,
Air Stewardess (New York: Bouregy, 1961)

Mary O’Connor,
Flying Mary O’Connor: The Story of a Pioneer Stewardess (New York: Rand McNally, 1961)

Roy Orason,
Plight of a Flight Attendant (Sacramento, Cal.: Sierra, 1994)

Betty Patterson, with Margaret Friskey and Gene Klinger,
I Reached for the Sky (Chicago: Children’s Press, 1970)

Betty Peckham,
Sky Hostess (New York: T. Nelson & Sons, 1941)

Julia Percivall and Pixie Burger,
High Flying (New York: Avon, 1974)

Charles E. Planck,
Women With Wings (New York: Harper and Brothers, 1942)

Ruby Lorraine Radford,
Patty O'Neal on the Airways (Racine, Wis.: Whitman, 1946)

Elizabeth Rich,
Flying High: What It’s Like to be an Airline Stewardess (New York: Stein and Day, 1970); updated as What It’s Like to Be a Flight Attendant (New
Stein and Day, 1982)

Flying Scared: Why We are Being Skyjacked and How to Put a Stop to It (New York: Bantam, 1972)

Justin Taylor,
Stewardess with the Moustache! (Miami, Fla.: Parameter Press, 1980)

Helen Wells,
Silver Wings For Vicki (New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1947)

Ruthe S. Wheeler,
Jane, Stewardess of the Air Lines (Chicago: Goldsmith Publishing, 1934)

Dixie Willson,
Hostess of the Skyways, and of Train, Ship, and Hotel (New York: Dodd, Mead & Co., 1941)

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Illustrated & Popular Histories

Valerie Lester, Fasten Your Seatbelts! History and Heroism in the Pan Am Cabin (McLean, Va.: Palawdr Press, 1995)

Keith Lovegrove,
Airline: Identity, Design and Culture (New York: teNeues, 2000)

Gwen Mahler,
Legacy of the Friendly Skies: A Pictorial History of United Airlines Stewardesses and Flight Attendants (Marceline, Missouri: Walsworth Publishing,

Wings of Excellence: American Airlines Flight Attendants, A Pictorial History, 1933-1993 (Marceline, Missouri: Walsworth Publishing, n.d. [199-])

Wings of Gold: Continental Airlines Flight Attendants, Past, Present, and Proud (Topeka, Kansas: Jostens Printing Company, n.d. [199-])

Helen E. McLaughlin,
Footsteps in the Sky: An Informal Review of U.S. Airlines In-flight Service (Denver: State of the Art, 1994)

Johanna Omelia and Michael Waldock,
Come Fly With Us! A Global History of the Airline Hostess (Portland, Oregon: Collectors Press, 2003)

Elissa Stein,
Stewardess: Come Fly with Me! (San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2006)

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Scholarly Studies I:
Unions & Feminism

Sandra L. Albrecht, “‘We are on Strike!’ The Development of Labor Militancy in the Airline Industry,” Labor History 45, n. 1 (2004): 101–117

Kathleen M. Barry, “Femininity in Flight: Flight Attendants, Glamour, and Pink-Collar Activism in the Twentieth-Century United States” (Ph.D. diss., New York
University, 2002)

———,“‘Too Glamorous to Be Considered Workers’: Flight Attendants and Pink-Collar Activism in Mid-Twentieth-Century America,”
LABOR: Studies in Working
History of the Americas 3, n. 3 (Fall 2006): 119-138

Denis Binder, “Sex Discrimination in the Airline Industry: Title VII Flying High,”
California Law Review 59, n. 5 (1971): 1091-1112

David A. Borer, “Doing Battle: Flight Attendant Labor Relations in the ’90s,” in Darryl Jenkins and Cecilia Preble Ray, eds.,
Handbook of Airline Economics
D.C.: Aviation Week Group of McGraw-Hill, 1995): 563-568

Eileen Boris, “Desirable Dress: Rosies, Sky Girls, and the Politics of Appearance,”
International Labor and Working Class History 69, n. 1 (March 2006): 123-142

Cathleen Marie Dooley, “Battle in the Sky: A Cultural and Legal History of Sex Discrimination in the United States Airline Industry, 1930-1980” (Ph.D. diss.,
University of
Arizona, 2001)

Patricia A. Friend, “Walking a Fine Line Between Productivity and Exploitation — Flight Attendants and the Airline Industry in the 1990s,” in Darryl Jenkins and
Preble Ray, eds., Handbook of Airline Economics (Washington, D.C.: Aviation Week Group of McGraw-Hill, 1995): 63-70

Dorothy Sue Cobble,
The Other Women’s Movement: Workplace Justice and Social Rights in Modern America (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2003)

———, “‘A Spontaneous Loss of Enthusiasm’: Workplace Feminism and the Transformation of Women’s Service Jobs in the 1970s,”
International Labor and
Class History 56 (Fall 1999): 23-44

Kathleen Heenan, “Fighting the ‘Fly-Me’ Airlines,”
The Civil Liberties Review (December 1976/January 1977): 48-59

Roberta Lessor, “Consciousness of Time and Time for the Development of Consciousness: Health Awareness among Women Flight Attendants,”
Sociology of
and Illness 7, n. 2 (July 1985): 191-213

———, “Social Movements, the Occupational Arena and Changes in Career Consciousness: The Case of Women Flight Attendants,”
Journal of Occupational
5 (1984): 37-51

———, “Unanticipated Longevity in Women’s Work: The Career Development of Airline Flight Attendants” (Ph.D. diss., University of California, San Francisco,

Stephen Linstead, “Averting the Gaze: Gender and Power on the Perfumed Picket Line,”
Gender, Work & Organization 2, n. 4 (October 1995): 192-206

Alexandra G. Murphy, “Hidden Transcripts of Flight Attendant Resistance,”
Management Communication Quarterly 11, n. 4 (1998): 499-535

N. Jill Newby,
The Sky’s the Limit: The Story of the Canadian Air Line Flight Attendants’ Association (Vancouver: The Association, 1986)

Georgia Panter Nielsen,
From Sky Girl to Flight Attendant: Women and the Making of a Union (Ithaca, NY: ILR Press, 1982)

Marjorie B. Rachlin, “Training Rank and File Leaders: A Case Study,” in Barbara Mayer Wertheimer, ed.,
Labor Education for Women Workers (Philadelphia:
University Press, 1981): 62-70

Toni Scott Reed, “Flight Attendant Furies: Is Title VII Really the Solution to Hiring Policy Problems?”
Journal of Air Law and Commerce 58 (1992): 267-343

Frieda S. Rozen, “Technological Advances and Increasing Militance: Flight Attendant Unions in the Jet Age,” in Barbara Drygulski Wright et al., eds.,
Work, and
Technology: Transformations (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1987): 220-238

———, “Turbulence in the Air: The Autonomy Movement in the Flight Attendant Unions” (Ph.D. diss., Pennsylvania State University, 1988)

Craig Weinlein, “Flight Attendant Weight Requirements and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act,”
Journal of Air Law and Commerce 45 (1980): 483-507

Pamela Whitesides, “Flight Attendant Weight Policies: A Title VII Wrong Without a Remedy,”
Southern California Law Review 64 (1990): 175-233

Claire Williams,
Blue, White and Pink Collar Workers in Australia: Technicians, Bank Employees and Flight Attendants (Boston: Allen & Urwin, 1988)

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Histories of Air Travel

Roger E. Bilstein, “Air Travel and the Traveling Public: The American Experience, 1920-1970,” in William F. Trimble, ed., From Airships to Airbus: The History of Civil
and Commercial Aviation, Vol. 2: Pioneers and Operations
(Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1995): 99-105

Flight in America: From the Wright Brothers to the Astronauts, rev. ed. (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994)

Mary Cadogan,
Women With Wings: Female Flyers in Fact and Fiction (Chicago: Academy Chicago, 1993)

Joseph J. Corn,
The Winged Gospel: America’s Romance with Aviation, 1900-1950 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1983)

R.E.G. Davies,
Airlines of the United States since 1914 (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1972)

William Garvey and David Fisher,
The Age of Flight: A History of America’s Pioneering Airline (Greensboro, NC: Pace Communications, 2002)  [re: United Airlines]

Kenneth Hudson,
Air Travel: A Social History (Totowa, NJ: Rowman & Littlefield, 1972)

Peter J. Lyth and Marc L.J. Dierikx, “From Privilege to Popularity: The Growth of Leisure Air Travel Since 1945,”
Journal of Transport History 15, n. 2 (1994): 97-116

Claudia M. Oakes,
United States Women in Aviation, 1930-1939 (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1985)

Michael Paris,
From the Wright Brothers to Top Gun: Aviation, Nationalism and Popular Cinema (New York: Manchester University Press, 1995)

Carl Solberg,
Conquest of the Skies: A History of Commercial Aviation in America (Boston: Little, Brown & Company, 1979)

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Scholarly Studies II:
Sociological and Historical Analyses of Flight Attendants’ Work and Image

Arlie Russell Hochschild, The Managed Heart: Commercialization of Human Feeling (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1983)

Lee Kolm, “Stewardesses’ ‘Psychological Punch’: Gender and Commercial Aviation in the United States, 1930-1978,” in William F. Trimble, ed.,
From Airships to
Airbus: The History of Civil and Commercial Aviation, Vol. 2: Pioneers and Operations
(Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1995): 112-127

———, “Women’s Labor Aloft: A Cultural History of Airline Flight Attendants in the United States, 1930-1978” (Ph.D. diss., Brown University, 1995)

Albert J. Mills,
Sex, Strategy and the Stratosphere: Airlines and the Gendering of Organizational Culture (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006)

Elizabeth R. Moles and Norman L. Friedman, “The Airline Hostess: Realities of an Occupation With a Popular Cultural Image,”
Journal of Popular Culture 7, n. 2
(1973): 305-313

Steve Taylor and Melissa Tyler, “Emotional Labour and Sexual Difference in the Airline Industry,”
Work, Employment & Society 14, n. 1 (2000): 77-95

Melissa Tyler and Pamela Abbott, “Chocs Away: Weight Watching in the Contemporary Airline Industry,”
Sociology 32, n. 3 (1998): 433-450

Drew Whitelegg, “Cabin Pressure: The Dialectics of Emotional Labour in the Airline Industry,”
Journal of Transport History 23, n. 1 (2002): 73-86

———, “From Smiles to Miles: Delta Air Lines Flight Attendants and Southern Hospitality,”
Southern Cultures 11, n. 4 (Winter 2005): 7-27

———, “Touching Down: Labour, Globalisation and the Airline Industry,”
Antipode 35, n. 2 (2003): 244-263

Claire Williams, “Sky Service: The Demands of Emotional Labour in the Airline Industry,”
Gender, Work & Organization 10, n. 5 (Nov. 2003): 513-550

Joanna L. Young and Erica Hayes James, “Token Majority: The Work Attitudes of Male Flight Attendants,”
Sex Roles 45, n. 5-6 (2001): 299-319

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