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1Running Head: FEMALE FIREFIGHTERS FIGHT FOR CHANGEAmanda VikenWGS 201 Section EOctober 5, 2018Female Firefighters Fight for ChangeTo be a firefighter often requires integrity and strong dedication to continue when tasksbecome strenuous. Being a firefighter or being in any workplace should not come at the cost ofbeing sexually harassed. This paper analyzes the continual cycle of harassment towards womenin the workforce, particularly within fire and rescue departments as well as the “glass wall”barrier women have to deal with. In the article “‘They Can’t Ignore Us Anymore’: FemaleFirefighters Allege Culture of Discrimination” inThe New York Times, it is shown that sexualharassment in the workplace has persisted, specifically within the fire and rescue departments(Tavernise, 2018). With the gender gap of men to women in fire departments, the powerimbalance is inevitable (Stoehr, 2018).The workplace should be based on the intersections ofwomen and men (Stoehr, 2018). Some women who are sexual harassment victims come forward,while 90% do not (Stoehr, 2018).But, in recent years, more women are opening up about theirexperiences with sexual harassment, despite the risks.In the article “‘They Can’t Ignore Us Anymore’: Female Firefighters Allege Culture ofDiscrimination”, two battalion chiefs, Chief Kathleen Stanly and Chief Cheri Zosh, of theFairfax County Fire Department filed federal civil rights charges in May 2018. The two womenstated that “the department punished them for trying to oppose what they said was a long patternof sex discrimination and harassment” (Tavernise, 2018). Despite the department drawing a

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Fall
Professor
Alyssa Stoher
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HARASSMENT

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