TAKING THE HEAT: The First Women Firefighters of New York City

Women Firefighters Timeline

A middle-aged Caucasian woman firefighter in a fire helmet that says “Captain” and a protective jacket with yellow reflective strips stands in front of a fire engine and looks directly at the camera with a determined expression. Text reads:
Brenda Berkman worked where she was hated, so that other women could work where they belonged.
—Gloria Steinem

When the New York City Fire Department tried to push women out of firefighting, Brenda Berkman pushed back. 

Her story, and those of other pioneer female firefighters, reveals the price these women paid to break the department's gender barrier.
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