Breaking Into the Current: Boatwomen of the Grand Canyon

Breaking Into the Current: Boatwomen of the Grand Canyon

by Louise Teal
     
 

ISBN-10: 0816514291

ISBN-13: 9780816514298

Pub. Date: 02/01/1994

Publisher: University of Arizona Press

In 1973, Marilyn Sayre gave up her job as a computer programmer and became the first woman in twenty years to run a commercial boat through the Grand Canyon. Georgie White had been the first, back in the 1950s, but it took time before other women broke into guiding passengers down the Colorado River. This book profiles eleven of the first full-season Grand

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In 1973, Marilyn Sayre gave up her job as a computer programmer and became the first woman in twenty years to run a commercial boat through the Grand Canyon. Georgie White had been the first, back in the 1950s, but it took time before other women broke into guiding passengers down the Colorado River. This book profiles eleven of the first full-season Grand Canyon boatwomen, weaving together their various experiences in their own words. Breaking Into the Current is a story of romance between women and a place. Each woman tells a part of every Canyon boatwoman's story: when Marilyn Sayre talks about leaving the Canyon, when Ellen Tibbets speaks of crew camaraderie, or when Martha Clark recalls the thrill of white water, each tells how all were involved in the same romance. All the boatwomen have stories to tell of how they first came to the Canyon and why they stayed. Some speak of how they balanced their passion for being in the Canyon against the frustration of working in a traditionally male-oriented occupation, where today women account for about fifteen percent of the Canyon's commercial river guides. As river guides in love with the Canyon and their work, these women have followed their hearts. "I've done a lot," says Becca Lawton, "but there's been nothing like holding those oars in my hands and putting my boat exactly where I wanted it. Nothing."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816514298
Publisher:
University of Arizona Press
Publication date:
02/01/1994
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
178
Sales rank:
1,174,638
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface
1Women in the Canyon1
2The River Journey13
3Marilyn Sayre21
4Liz Hymans35
5Louise Teal49
6Susan Billingsley61
7High Water of 198371
8Suzanne Jordan79
9Becca Lawton89
10Connie Tibbetts101
11Sue Bassett111
12Lorna Corson123
13A Real Boat135
14Ellen Tibbetts139
15Martha Clark151
16Breaking into the Current163
Epilogue173
Bibliography175
Acknowledgments177

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