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PBS film examines women's movement

PBS special looks at the past 50 years of the women's movement in the United States.
By Jacqueline Cutler Modified: February 23, 2013 at 7:33 pm •  Published: February 25, 2013

“I was pregnant by the time I graduated and hung my diploma over the washing machine,” author Judy Blume says on camera.

Interviews reveal chapters in the not-so-distant American past, such as this chilling one from retired Justice O'Connor.

“At the law school there was a bulletin board, and it had notices on it from many law firms. ‘Stanford Law graduates give us a call.' I called every phone number on the bulletin board, and they said, ‘Oh, we didn't mean women. We don't hire women.'”

When airlines did, stewardesses, as they were then called, had to be between 21 and 28 years old, 5 feet 2 to 5 feet 6 inches tall, and show their legs to get the job. At 32, they were handed roses and retired. Not surprisingly, in 1965, the stewardesses became the first case of the newly formed Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.