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WTS International Turns 40! 1977-1986

October 3, 2017 12:24 PM

 

To celebrate 40 years of advancing women in transportation, learn about WTS and women in transportation milestones since 1977. We’ve come a long way!

 

1977

WTS takes form! The first meeting of WTS is held in the Presidential room at Union Station in Washington, DC. The membership fee was $5.00 for six months.

Source: From WTS International “First Decade” board
Source: From WTS International “First Decade” board
 
 
 

1978

The International Society of Women Airline Pilots takes flight.

Source: https://www.transportation.gov/womenandgirls/timeline/accessible
Source: https://www.transportation.gov/womenandgirls/timeline/accessible
 
 
 

1979

The Susan B. Anthony dollar is minted - the first time a woman is depicted on American currency.

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Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susan_B._Anthony_dollar 
 
 
 

1980

WTS holds its first Annual Conference, attracting over 250 attendees.

 
 
 

1980

The WTS-Boston Chapter kicks off, established by 20 local women in the transportation industry and originally known as the “Greater Boston Women’s Transportation Group.”

 
 
 

1981

Sandra Day O’Connor becomes the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court.

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Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandra_Day_O%27Connor
 
 
 

1982

The Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1982 passes, adding five cents to the per gallon gas tax (the first such increase since 1961) and encouraging participation of disadvantaged business enterprises in federal-aid projects.

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Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surface_Transportation_Assistance_Act
 
 
 

1983

Elizabeth Dole is appointed Secretary of Transportation--the first woman to serve.

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Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Dole
 
 
 

1983

Carmen Turner becomes the first African-American woman to lead a major transit agency (General Manager of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA).

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Source: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/wit/timelne2.htm
 
 

1984

The Retirement Equity Act amends the Employee Retirement Income Security Act to include women’s rights not originally addressed, including survivorship benefits, vesting, and domestic relations.

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Source: https://www.dol.gov/sites/default/files/12_RetirementEquity.jpg
 
 

1985

Route 66 says goodbye--the iconic route is officially removed from the highway system in the U.S.

 
 
 

1986

America celebrates the 30th anniversary of the national interstate highway system.

 

See the highlights from 1987-1996!

 

 

 

 
 

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