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Firefighting is an overwhelmingly male profession, but in Boston, the divide is bigger than just about anywhere and some argue it's causing serious problems. Nationally, around 7 percent of firefighters are women, but here in Boston they make up just 1 percent of the force, according to a recent report by The Boston Globe. The 16 female firefighters among the total 1, work together with their male colleagues in hour shifts, living and sleeping in close quarters.
All that changed when Title VII of the Civil Rights Act was finally applied to bar sex discrimination in hiring by city and state governments in When the FDNY gave the next firefighters entry exam for firefighters—in —women were allowed to take the tests. Many did well on the written exam, but the physical exam was a different story. When not one of the 90 women applicants passed the physical portion of the test, one of them, Brenda Berkman, filed a class-action sex discrimination complaint.
To preserve these articles as they originally appeared, The Times does not alter, edit or update them. Occasionally the digitization process introduces transcription errors or other problems. Karen Stabiner is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer.
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In this Jan 12, photo, the firefighters of San Roque Gonzalez pose for a group photo before going out in the streets to sell calendars, in Asuncion, Paraguay. The caption at the bottom of every photograph reads: "I've stripped for this image because that's how the State keeps us: buck naked". Other volunteer firefighters then followed.
After she got out of the Army inNathalie Delsoin wanted to follow in her godfather's footsteps and join the Boston Fire Department. She passed the civil service test and the arduous physical examination, proving that, just like the men, she could cut it as a firefighter. But when she started, she said, she felt tormented — not because her skills were lacking, but because she was the only woman in her Charlestown firehouse. An officer asked her to fold his laundry.
An official investigation found them responsible for a campaign of harassment and intimidation in a NSW country town and recommended disciplinary action. Instead, the NSW Fire Brigades — already under fire for fostering a culture of ritual abuse exposed by The Sunday Telegraph — has promoted two of them to leadership roles. WTF kind of fireman or human ethics is that?
Other volunteer firefighters then followed. There's Jorge Leiva, who used a chain saw to cover the area south of his navel and north of his knees. And Daniel Rodriguez who proudly dropped his suspender trousers all the way to his rubber boots. The caption at the bottom of every photograph reads: "I've stripped for this image because that's how the State keeps us: buck naked.