Aviation for Women

JUL-AUG 2018

Aviation for Women is the flagship member publication of Women in Aviation International. Articles feature women who have made aviation history, professional development ideas, and current-topic articles.

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46 AviationforWomen J U L Y / A U G U S T 2 0 1 8 T he surprising thing about this ad for Cutex nail polish is how amazingly un- sexist it is. Running in a Sunday news- paper supplement in 1942, this Cutex ad features "six smart flying women" talking about their favorite shade of Cutex nail polish. At 10 cents a bottle, you can't beat the price! The ad speaks admiringly of these pilots in- cluding Gay Gahagan, a commercial pilot and member of the "99-ers" (Was it ever called that?); Hazel Stamper, a student pilot who worked at the Piper plant; Elaine Wood Sempliner, queen of the National Intercollegiate Air Show (Okay, maybe a bit sexist to promote a beauty queen, but it was 1942); Ruth Gray, who taught instrument fly- ing to Pan Am pilots; Teddy Kenyon, a pilot for Grumman; and Elinor "Irish" Fairchild, a mem- ber of Women Flyers of America. Absent from this ad is any of the "look what these little ladies can do" attitude and, as far as liking nail polish (in whatever shade), we know that you can teach instrument flying to Pan Am pilots and still enjoy a good manicure. We're fine with the fact that "Saddle Brown" goes well with "flying togs or date dresses." Kudos to Cutex, which 75 years ago celebrated the range of wom- en involved in aviation. ✈ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Original, framed magazine pages of The Way We Were ads will be available for bids during the Silent Auction at the WAI Connect Breakfast on July 25 during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. S U N D A Y N E W S P A P E R S U P P L E M E N T 1 9 4 2 The women's quotes including "saves money for all-important War Stamps" and "With extravagance out for the duration, no wonder it's so popular" remind us in current times of civilian involvement in the war effort during World War II. America's Smart Flying Women T H E W A Y W E W E R E

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