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Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 8:19 pm | Updated: 11:36 pm, Wed Jan 23, 2013.

Dick Gregory, a comedian and outspoken social and civil rights activist, said Wednesday that white women benefitted most from the 1960s civil rights movement by breaking through barriers in the workplace.

In the airline industry before the civil rights movement broke down racial barriers, a white woman couldn’t work as an airline pilot, a baggage handler, a sky cap (porter) or a shoe shiner at any airport, Gregory said. White women could work only as flight attendants, or stewardesses, as they were called then.

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