Maybe to encourage more women to apply for firefighting positions, the Los Padres National Forest is holding a training seminar for women only. This is interesting. The article (see link above) does not say this training will lead to a job offer, only that women will be more prepared to accept a job. At least they will be paid for their efforts should they be hired.
I'm interested to find out just how many women took the Forest Service up
this offer. Also to hear from the women who accepted a firefighting job, and
how they were treated by the men on their crew. The article doesn't mention if
any training will be provided to help women deal with potential discrimination
and sexist comments, nor the difficulty advancing in the Forest Service as a
woman. I'm not trying to dissuade women from trying out for these jobs. I just
wonder what the Forest Service is doing to make sure they are aware of
challenges which go beyond the hard work.