Hey feminists, THIS is what traditional feminism looks like. This is not the mumbo jumbo about hating men and being allowed to kill your own babies while not shaving your pits. No, this is about women putting on their big britches and doing something productive in society.
For 105 years, the Harlingen Fire Department, in southern Texas, has only employed men firefighters. However, that changed this year, on April 12th, as Bree Rios joined 108 men.
In an interview with KGBT-TV, Rios said, “Here in Harlingen, it’s a first, and I’m proud to be that person. It’s just something that I wanted to do ever since I was younger.” She said that she wanted to follow in her father’s, Victor, footsteps as he has been an engineer at the department for 20 years.
“When she was little she told me, ‘Well, one of these days I’m going to work with you, daddy,’” said Victor.
Now, father and daughter will be working together.
“If you set your mind to something and you really want to do it, go out and do it,” Bree said. “It can happen.”
Previous women had tried to become firefighters in the city but Rios was the only one to fully pass the firefighter exam, albeit on her third attempt.
But Rios won’t be working with the fire department directly until she successfully completes orientation and a firefighter course during the next four months.
What a remarkable woman! She truly is the definition feminism and making a positive difference in the world.
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