Woman in a man’s world writes book
Women in the workplace have come a long way in the past 50 years. Just ask Queenstown woman Dawn Andrews.
Andrews was born and bred in Gore and has published a book, ‘From Highways to the High Country’, outlining the challenges of a working woman in the rural sector.
‘‘It’s a book that I’ve thought about writing for a long time,’’ she said.
The book is an autobiography, spurred on by Andrews’ passion to make sure history was being well documented, and provide something for future generations to look back on.
With ghost writer Deborah Walton-Derry, she has outlined the various jobs she has had, from working in the fashion industry to taking on a trucking business with her late husband, Fred.
In the mid-60s, she and Fred bought Waikaia Transport, and later acquired another transport business, based out of Riversdale. Along with the purchase of a couple of farms, including Argyle Station in Northern Southland, Andrews had her hands full.
In a tragic accident, Fred was killed in 1981 when a truck rolled backwards, crushing him.
As a governing director for the trucking company, it was hard at times for men to take her seriously.
‘‘Men don’t always accept that. Everything had to be reported through me.’’