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Edith Lauterbach dies at 91; flight attendants' union co-founder
Edith Lauterbach dies at 91; flight attendants' union co-founder

In an era when most stewardesses were forced to resign if they married or had children, Edith Lauterbach and four other female flight attendants organized the first union to fight for equal rights in the sky, in 1945. Lauterbach, a San Francisco resident who was the last surviving founder of the union, died Monday. She was 91. Her death was announced by the Washington, D.C.-based Assn. of Flight Attendants-CWA, the successor of that early union. No other details were released. "The evolution of the flight attendant profession and the legacy of Edith Lauterbach go hand in hand," the union said in a statement. Her "fearlessness and devotion to advancing rights at work...

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