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Women at the helm of ferry leadership


Last updated 3/31/2016 at Noon

(from left to right) Washington State Ferries Chief of Staff Elizabeth Kosa, Director of Terminal Engineering Nicole McIntosh, Assistant Secretary Lynne Griffith and Port Captain Beth Stowell hold four leadership positions with the ferry system. Griffith is the first woman to head the fleet since its establishment in 1951.

In honor of Women's History Month, the Edmonds Beacon is featuring three women in key roles with Washington State Ferries. –Ed.

When the Washington state ferry system was established in 1951, women were allowed to work aboard the ferries in the galleys and as matrons who cleaned passenger cabins. Now, 65 years later, women are at the helm of ferry leadership – from the decks to captains’ chairs.

Washington State Ferries took another step forward in September 2014 and welcomed the first woman aboard as head of the fleet.

“I’ve been pretty proud of being the first woma...

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