Skip to main content

Route 66 Women: The Untold Story of the Mother Road

  • Katrina Parks, Director/Producer
  • Michael Parks, Producer
  • Michelle Kantor, Producer
  • Rochelle Vallese, Producer

A collage of images from Route 66, including neon signs, diner storefronts and highway signs.

About the Project

“Route 66 Women: The Untold Story of the Mother Road” is a documentary film series that uncovers the extraordinary lives and achievements of women who overcame gender discrimination and segregation to build fulfilling lives for themselves and generations to come on America’s most iconic highway. From entrepreneurs to waitresses, from anthropologists to politicians, from artists to military sergeants, these women transformed their communities and the American West for the better through their hard work, perseverance and ingenuity.

In 2015 documentarian Katrina Parks received a grant from the National Park Service’s Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program, which culminated in the web-site Following the debut of the website, Parks received a second grant from NPS and funding from state humanities councils that enabled her to complete principal photography and rough cuts of episodes one and two. Katrina is currently searching for finishing funds in order to complete this three-part series for broadcast.

“Route 66 Women” is Katrina's second women's history documentary film project. Her full-length directorial debut "The Harvey Girls: Opportunity Bound” premiered at the National Archives in June 2013 and was distributed by APT to PBS stations nationally.