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Heroines of Transportation

This timeline of admirable women tells a story most people haven’t heard about the transportation industry. Since 2010, some women have been doing great things in this field in the USA. Let’s take a look.

2010 - Deborah Ale Flint

Deborah Flint became the first African-American woman airport director in California’s bay area when she became the Director of Aviation for the Port of Oakland, the owner and operator of Oakland International Airport in 2010. Go girl!!

2010 - First Female Superintendents of the SFMTA

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency selected its first female superintendents: Sarita Britt, Potrero Division; Cindia Chambers, Presidio Division; and Debra Franks, Kirkland Division. Cheryl Turner became the assistant superintendent of the Woods Division in 2010.

During this year, Paulette Davis served as acting superintendent of the Presidio Division and Elizabeth Valdelon as acting superintendent of the Cable Car Division (and two additional women became superintendents in 2012: Leda Rozier, Woods Division, and Elizabeth Valdelon, Flynn Division).

2011 - Crash Testing Impact on Women

In 2011, crash test ratings in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's New Car Assessment Program included a 5th percentile female dummy (5 ft. tall and 110 lbs.). This allowed NHTSA to better assess the impact of vehicle crashes on women (and so they should!). 

2011 - Lisa Stabler

Lisa Stabler was elected president of The Transportation Technology Center, Inc. (TTCI) Board of Directors in 2011.

She had been TTCI’s Vice President of Operations and Training since arriving from BNSF Railway, where she was Assistant Vice President of Quality and Reliability Engineering.

2011 - Women in Transportation

In the category of transportation and material-moving occupations, which included various jobs ranging from airline pilot and bus driver to stock handler and bagger, the percentage of full-time employed female workers aged 16 and older in the U.S. workforce totaled only 14.8 percent in 2011. This percentage has remained fairly steady for the past decade according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (signaling the need for more women!!).

2011 - Carol Fenton

Carol Fenton became the first lady at the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) to attain the SES rank as associate administrator, after a 34-year career at the SLSDC beginning in 1978 as a switchboard operator/receptionist. And so she should.

2012 - Dr. Katie Turnbull

The American Road and Transportation Builders Association’s Transportation Development Foundation awarded the Ethel S. Birchland Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Turnbull for her 35 years of work in transportation, research, service, and education. She is a recognized expert on high-occupancy vehicle facilities, toll facilities, managed lanes, public transportation, transportation planning, travel demand management, and intelligent transportation systems.

2012 - Sue Cischke

Sue Cischke retired after 35 years of service in the automobile industry in 2012, and she left the industry after serving as Ford's vice president of Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering since 2008.

Before joining Ford in 2001, Cischke was senior vice president of Regulatory Affairs and Passenger Car Operations for DaimlerChrysler. She began her career at Chrysler Corporation in the mid-1970s.

2013 - Danica Patrick

Danica Patrick made history as the first woman to take a NASCAR Sprint Cup pole position for the Daytona 500 in 2013.

2013 - Major General Michelle Johnson

President Obama nominated Major General Michelle Johnson for the appointment to the rank of lieutenant general, as well as for assignment to serve as the Air Force Academy’s first female superintendent. As an air force cadet at the Academy, Johnson was the first woman to serve as Cadet Wing Commander – the senior ranking cadet.

2013 - Sarah Canclini

Sarah Canclini became the first person and woman in the maritime and transportation industry to earn the new A.A.S. in Maritime Technologies from Tidewater Community College.

As a registered apprentice with BAE Systems Ship Repair, Canclini took her required apprentice-related instruction at the college. The Southeast Maritime and Transportation (SMART) Center, a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education Center, helped the college create their A.A.S. degree to provide apprentices and other technician-level maritime industry workers with an academic credential. Nice work, I say.

2014 - Janette Sadik-Khan

To transportation geeks, New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan is everything, because she has created miles of bike lanes, ousted cars from the streets to make those adorable parklets and fought hard to make NYC streets safer for people who value their legs.

100 Years of Women in Transport