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Taking Flight

A True Story by Linda McQueen featuring Bertha Tease

Two Black Women in the Unfriendly Skies

Linda’s story of growing up in the 50’s and 60’s went from huddling around the radio listening to stories, to actually watching the people she had been listening to on the newly invented television. From keeping her food cold in an ice box, to having a real refrigerator. From eventually getting her dream job, to having to fight to get it back after a near fatal accident. Bertha’s story starts in North Carolina with the various challenges her family had to endure. She comes from a family of 22. Her mother had 20 children, 10 boys and 10 girls. Her parents struggled to make ends meet. After getting the job she wanted, Bertha was harassed about her weight after she had her baby. She fought back and filed a law suit with E.E.O.C. and won! The weight standards were changed because of this. Not just for her airline, but for all airlines.Their stories are about struggle, strength and getting the jobs they prayed for, then fighting to keep them AGAINST ALL ODDS.

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