As America’s highway, Route 66 can tell many important stories of significant change through the 20th century. The Women On The Mother Road website and oral history project are helping to reveal those stories by creating a public history record that sheds light on diverse women’s experiences. The time period covered by Route 66’s history (1926-1985) and its ongoing rebirth represents a national steady march forward for women on all fronts including the domestic, political, social, and economic spheres of their lives. The oral histories gathered fit into a wider context of women’s history in America.

The project was completed with cost-share grant assistance from the National Park Service Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program to recipient Cinefemme, a nonprofit dedicated to the support of women filmmakers. Writer and project director Katrina Parks traveled Route 66 to collect dozens of oral histories that tell unique stories of the road.

The nearly 75 women who are a part of the project to date bring poignant, fun, and fascinating new perspectives of the road. Hear their stories at The Women On The Mother Road website.

To learn more about this project and other past grant awards, search our grants database.