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Send a Girl!: The True Story of How Women Joined the Fdny

Send a Girl!: The True Story of How Women Joined the Fdny

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Author: Jessica M. Rinker

Brenda Berkman was often told that she couldn't do certain things because she was a girl. When she grew up, she longed for a job that was challenging, different every day, and required physical and mental strength. In 1977 when the New York City Fire Department finally complied with the Civil Rights Act (from 1964) by allowing women to take the FDNY exam, Brenda jumped at the chance.

But the FDNY changed the rules of the exam so women wouldn't be able to pass it. Even a lot of men couldn't pass this new exam.

So Brenda Berkman took the FDNY to court. In 1982, they finally made a fair test, and Brenda and 40 other women passed. She then founded the United Women Firefighters, an organization that helps train and prepare women to be firefighters. Brenda went on to serve in the FDNY for 25 years, reaching the positions of Lieutenant and Captain, and was a first responder during the attacks on the Twin Towers on 9/11. Send a Girl! is Brenda Berkman's inspiring story.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Published: 03/09/2021
Pages: 48
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.10lbs
Size: 9.90h x 10.90w x 0.40d
ISBN: 9781547601745
Audience: Ages 9-12

Review Citation(s):
Booklist 12/15/2020 pg. 93
Kirkus Reviews 01/01/2021
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 02/01/2021
Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2021 - Recommended, Satisfactory
School Library Journal 08/01/2021 pg. 99

About the Author

Jessica M. Rinker has a BA in social welfare from Bloomsburg University and an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She's a freelance writer and the author of several award-winning essays, poems, and short stories. She has three kids and currently lives in New Jersey with her husband, also a children's author.

Meg Hunt is the illustrator of Reading Beauty and Interstellar Cinderella and is a printmaker, educator, and all-around maker of things. She was also the recipient of the 2015 Society of Illustrators Gold Medal Award for her contribution to the Illustrators 58 exhibition. She lives and works in Portland, Oregon.
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