"The Crop Duster's Daughter" Showcases a Fascinating Memoir of a Gutsy Woman

Mad, evil, insane, and sorrowful. These are the names bestowed to trailblazing women throughout history who resisted and challenged the traditional boundaries imposed by society—whether it was obtaining education, breaking into male-dominated professions, controlling empires, or fighting for the right.

Being a ‘woman’ is complex, multidimensional, and sometimes unjust. It’s not easy to identify with this gender. Society holds us to absurd standards, archaic gender conventions pervade our everyday lives, gender wage discrepancies persist, and patriarchy. Despite criticism, it remains a formidable power. Frequently, it is upsetting and aggravating as the issues continue to present us.

However, it is such a pleasure to see women succeeding despite the hurdles that continue to be thrown at them.

“Bad” has a variety of connotations, but in this instance, the adjective refers to being gutsy, courageous, and determined. The Crop Duster’s Daughter highlights a risk-taker female aviator who at the same time is a divorcee and a mother of four regardless, succeeding in a male-dominated society.

The mother of Rhonda Colia was born in 1918 and achieved distinction as a crop sprayer and duster. She built her own aircraft, taught our nation’s young men how to fly to join the war effort, and was shot down by a sixteen-year-old kid armed with a new rifle he received for his birthday. She was able to safely land the airplane and regain her life following a three-day coma.

About the Author

Rhonda Ann Colia is the youngest of four children. She is happily married to the man of her dreams and has grown children, a daughter, and two stepchildren living their own lives. She grew up helping her mom load the spray rig with water and chemical mixes so her mom could spray the crops of grateful farmers. Rhonda continues pursuing her writing career and is looking forward to publishing her first novel of three.

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