Her Story: Molly Wiliams

Her Story: Molly Williams

The very first woman firefighter in the United States was Molly Williams, who was a slave in New York and became a member of Oceanus Engine Company #11 in 1815.

She was tough, brave and strong. When a blizzard hit New York City in 1818 and all the male volunteer firefighters were out with influenza, it was Molly that pulled the pumper through the city to put out fires.

NYFD didn’t have another female firefighter for another 146 years. It took the work of a young lawyer named Brenda Berkman and a group of 41 women in a landmark discrimination lawsuit to earn women a place in fire stations across our country.

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