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On Canals, a Woman Paddles Against the Tide

Date: May 14, 2007
Author: Peter Kiefer
QUOTE: For more than a thousand years, Venice has had gondolas but never a female gondolier. But now there is Alexandra Hai. After a decade of struggle, Ms. Hai has won the right to be a gondolier — sort of. A court recently allowed her to paddle around the canals of Venice, but only for the residents of one of the city’s hotels.

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