Item no. 30030
New York
Occupation: Public employees
Collection: NYU Tamiment Library

FDNY Female Firefighter Canditate Trains for Exam

Carol Boykins practices for the forcible entry portion of the FDNY entry test in 1982. Candidate’s ability to pound a rolled-up hose measured their corresponding ability to force a door open.  Boykins, along with other candidates, were among the first to train for an improved physical exam that the FDNY in response to a class-action sex discrimination lawsuit. 

Read more on the story at the LaborArts exhibit Women Firefighters in New York City.

See Sisters in the Brotherhoods, an exhibit featured by LaborArts to read more about women inhabiting male-dominated work spheres and the challenges they face. 

Visit the International Association of Women in Fire & Emergency Services website to read more about the history and present day happenings of women serving in fire departments and beyond. 

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