Sharon Ryals Tamm was one of the first women forest firefighters hired in Washington State in the 1970s. She cofounded support services for victims of sexual assault and has written on women in the labor movement. She lives with her husband in Berkeley, CA where she writes, is an environmental and community activist, Saquasohuh teacher and ceremonialist.
Susan is determined to survive as a forest firefighter in a 1974 experiment few expect to succeed. Wildfire demands teamwork but hostilities simmer. Finally, it is Susan that must hold the line. Harrowing, poetic, and funny, FireGrrl reveals a workingman’s world and a woman’s place in it.