Sexism overcome on way to hall of fame
December 4, 2003
Born and raised in Berkeley, Calif., she began skiing in the Sierra Nevada at age 14, and by age 18 she was assisting an emergency physician in the ski patrol room. It made sense that she would join the ski patrol, but she ran into problems in 1954 upon applying in Squaw Valley.
“It was very difficult for me to get on the ski patrol because the man who was in charge of the patrol at Squaw Valley felt that a woman should be barefoot, pregnant and locked in the kitchen,” Nunn told the Sierra Sun.
Nunn got her job after demonstrating that she could control a toboggan solo. Soon after, she breached another threshold when, using her name “Jerry,” she applied to become a snow ranger for the U.S. Forest Service.
An official in Utah, however, was going to have nothing of it when he encountered a woman behind the name. “Never, ever in the history of the Forest Service have we accepted a woman, and we won’t now.”
She said she’d get an attorney, and did – and got into the course, becoming the first woman Forest Service snow ranger. In that capacity she helped develop the first Avalauncher. After several design problems were ironed out, the gas powered gun successfully launches canisters of explosives to set off avalanches in hard-to-reach terrain.
Asked about her induction in the Hall of Fame, Nunn said it was “very exciting. I never thought it would happen to me. I’m a girl, and boys don’t like girls who step on what they think of as their rights.”
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