The Sexes: Women Truckers

Adriesue ("Bitsy") Gomez, 33, is a "gear-jamming gal with white-line fever." A woman truck driver from Los Angeles, she is also a pain in the axle to a traditionally macho industry. Her fledgling 150-member Coalition of Women Truck Drivers, an offshoot of the L.A. chapter of the National Organization for Women, already has organization cells in Dallas, Atlanta and central California. Two weeks ago, Gomez won a $6,000 Fair Employment Practices Commission settlement from a California winery on the ground that she had been turned down for a trucking job simply because she was a woman.

Bitsy is out to change the...