Business & Finance: First Woman

Into a $25,000-a-year vice-presidency at American Airlines last week stepped Carlene Roberts, 37, a pretty Midwesterner who joined the company as a $150-a-month secretary fourteen years ago. She is the first woman in airline history to hold such a top job.

A graduate of the University of Oklahoma (she worked her way through with odd secretarial jobs) Miss Roberts put in a year and a half as a social worker with the New Deal's Federal Emergency Relief Administration, learned stenotyping at night school, and went to work as a secretary for Oklahoma City's Chamber...

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