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Thirty-five years after equal opportunity became law, women still face challenges trying to enter skilled construction trades jobs. Click to visit this online exhibit -- and if you are nearby, take the subway to see the much larger, multi-media exhibit by artist and electrician Susan Eisenberg at the Clemente Cultural Center on Suffolk Street on the Lower East Side through the month of October.
The safety net is -- Our way of protecting the most vulnerable among us -- A social insurance program, not an entitlement program -- A tradition as old as humanity. It is currently under attack. At stake is the kind of society we want to live in -- and bequeath to our children.
Prior to 1977 there was a quota for women firefighters in the New York City Fire Department (FDNY)—that quota was zero. It did not matter if you had won an Olympic gold medal, had been named the “strongest woman in the world” or held the world-record in the marathon—if you had been born female, you could not even apply to take a test to become a New York City firefighter.