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Virgin Airlines Changes Policies, Sees Job Application Boom

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By Danni Button While other airlines struggle with staff shortages, Virgin Airlines’ says its progressive outlook has plenty of applicants ready to fly. 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…

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