Author: snamey

Sidney Namey attends Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute where she studies Communications Design with a focus in illustration. When she is not in school, she resides in a rural town in the outskirts of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

More Illustrations!!

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This is another illustration for my comic. I hope to have at least ten to make a book. I am going to add text to help explain the story and possibly have Piper hand write it for the book.

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Mohawk Airlines Text

FLY MOHAWK

The Specialist Airline struggled to remain progressive during a time of intolerance.

In 1960, Mohawk penned the name, “the specialist airline,” referring to the progressiveness of the company and the many changes it was going through at the time.

Women

In the 1950s, stewardesses were considered motherly figures, serving meals to and taking care of passengers. In the airline industry, there was a distinct difference between work for women and work for men. Women would be given secretary or stewardess positions, while men were hired as pilots and mechanics. The criteria to become a stewardess was extremely selective. A flight attendant had to be female, attractive, between 21 and 26 years of age, between 5’2” and 5’6”, white, and single. When a working woman wanted to marry, she would be out of her job because airlines did not employ married women. In 1960, stewardesses struck, demanding Mohawk increase their salaries. The airline shut down for two weeks. In 1966, a number of airlines, including Mohawk, were accused of sexualizing and discriminating against their stewardesses. While airlines claimed they were only creating more jobs for women where there previously weren’t many, women insisted that the strict terms they had to abide by had no relation to the job at hand, and that airlines wanted to market young women’s sexual availability. Their uniforms even changed to ostentatious costumes at some points under the campagin, “Gaslight Service.”

POC

People of color struggled for equality in the workplace during the 1950s and 60s. In the airline industry, African americans were rarely hired, and when they were, they would be given positions on the ground, while pilots and flight attendants were mostly white. However, in 1958, the first black flight attendant was hired by Mohawk Airlines. Ruth Carol Taylor, an equal rights activist and author of “The Little Black Book,” filed a discrimination complaint against Trans World Airlines and was hired by Mohawk shortly after.