Filming for PBS show Arizona Illustrated

What a thrill to land an interview on my local PBS station! I will be talking about my firefighting career and visiting the scene of my second wildfire and Florida (Flor-ee-da) Ranger Station, where I spent three summers on a fire suppression crew.

Airing on KUAT Channel 6 in Tucson mid-September. (Update to come.)

Here are some photos from filming on location.




 

Never Give Up: My article on Outdoor Evolution



So how did I, a woman, end up applying for a job on a fire crew with the U.S. Forest Service...

Forest History Today's review of my book




Summers of Fire captures the brief firefighting career of a pioneer in the profession. Linda Strader was twenty years old when in 1976 she became one of the first women hired on a Forest Service fire crew, a career that ended in 1982 when an injury forced her to resign. Strader is an excellent memoirist, conveying equally well her harrowing experiences fighting fires in the woods in Arizona and elsewhere and the sexual harassment and discrimination in the fire camps and offices of the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. Her attempts to advance her career were undermined or thwarted at nearly every turn by those who believed women did not belong in firefighting. She left the agency, married a member of her original crew, and became a landscape architect. But the challenge of pleasing a resentful husband while having a career took its toll; it took her years to find a sense of purpose and resilience, as well as the courage alluded to in the subtitle. Although it might be easy to characterize the book as being for women because of its inspirational message about trying to make it in “a man’s world,” men would greatly benefit from reading it, too, if only to learn that it takes more courage to fight for respect and dignity than it does to fight a wall of flames. (J.L.)

Forest History Today Spring/Fall 2018 Vol. 24 NOS. 1 & 2 Published May 2019

Camp Fury Event: Nontraditional job introduction

I had the honor to speak yesterday in front of 30 sixteen-year-old girls about my experiences as a wildland firefighter at a Girl Scout Camp Fury event.

This program is awesome! It introduces Girl Scout teens to the world of nontraditional jobs available to them, with hands on experience in structural firefighting and other public service professions.

The girls were interested and engaged while I spoke, and asked great questions. I hope some of them decide to pursue one of these lines of work. We need more women in nontraditional jobs!

 

Book talk and signing at Tucson's Main Library

What a great turnout at my book talk yesterday at Tucson's Main Library! And the audience was really interested and engaged. Always nice when that happens!




My interview on Stories that Empower

I had the honor of meeting Sean Farjadi on his podcast "Stories That Empower." Here's a summary from Sean of what we talked about:

Linda experienced harassment as one of the first women on a U.S. Forest Service fire crew. The more they harassed her, the more she didn't want to quit, e.g. fires were not the only things she fought. When Linda encountered an obstacle, she would come up with alternatives. After losing her job, losing her mom and getting divorced, she rebuilt her life for the 3rd time. Writing her book enabled Linda to reconnect with her 20s and remind her that she is tenacious and resilient. She reinvented herself and starting teaching others. Linda shares these powerful nuggets of life wisdom:
- we are more resilient than we think
- figure out what's holding you back
- confirm assumptions that explain why you're stuck
- don't let people stop you from what you want to do
- permit yourself to say no
- trust your gut
- there are always options


Come have a listen to the full podcast!