How the Women’s Movement Took Flight
Dusty Roads: How the Women’s Movement Took Flight unveils the captivating journey of Barbara “Dusty” Roads, an airline stewardess and flight attendant who defied unjust employment policies, becoming a labor trailblazer and inspiring the rise of the women’s movement. This empowering tale begins in the 1950s and explores her fight against the airline industry restrictions firing stewardesses at the age of thirty-two and banning marriage at a time when there was no feminist movement. Dusty was a union organizer and negotiator and one of the first female lobbyists to Congress in Washington, D.C. She helped a colleague file the first discrimination complaint in the United States with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission based on the sex amendment in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act when the agency opened in 1965. Dusty became the most powerful voice in her union, and her story captures the essence of her pivotal role in shaping a more inclusive and equal society.
When asked how the women’s movement helped her cause, she said, “They weren’t doing anything. We started it. They were doing absolutely nothing. The National Organization for Women (NOW) wasn’t even in existence. In fact, when NOW came along, they adopted our problem as one of their causes, but we started this thing. We were this little voice way out in the wilderness.”~Interview with Dusty Roads, PBS
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As a women’s rights advocate, historian, and former technology executive, Elaine writes about bold and extraordinary women and men who became trailblazers against gender discrimination. Her stories call attention to the potential loss of civil rights we may be taking for granted today and hopes to inspire her readers to be resolute in defending the freedoms previously won through decades of dedicated work and persistence. Elaine has published memoirs and non-fiction stories about how she and other women and men triumphed over personal and workplace adversities and emerged transformed. She is a member of various writers, history, and women’s organizations, a former vice-president of the California Writers Club—Redwood Branch, and co-chair of the Redwood Writers 2018 Pen to Published Writers Conference. In addition, she is a photographer and swimmer. She lives in Sonoma County, California.