In recognition of the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day, Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) International President Veda Shook released a statement highlighting economic, political and social achievements women have made throughout the past century.
It said, "The Association of Flight Attendants has been on the forefront of advancing women's issues since our inception over 65 years ago. By challenging discriminatory policies based on gender, race, age, weight, pregnancy and marital status, AFA raised the bar for all Flight Attendants across the country. AFA was also the leader behind the repeals of the marriage and pregnancy bans, giving female Flight Attendants the opportunity for a career instead of losing their job when they started a family.
"Today we take a moment to reflect on our past accomplishments and once again renew our pledge to protect and advance the rights of women across the globe."
Since its inception in 1945, the AFA has represented Flight Attendants worldwide, with nearly 50,000 are members at 21 airlines. The largest Flight Attendant union, it is a member of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO that has 700,000 members. In her role as International President, Shook is responsible for the overall leadership and direction of the union and serves as chair of the union's annual convention, the AFA Board of Directors, and the union's Executive Board.
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