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Guide to the United Women Firefighters Records and Photographs
||United Women Firefighters.
||United Women Firefighters Records and Photographs
||The United Women Firefighters (UWF) was founded in 1982 as a support organization
for women firefighters in the New York City Fire Department. The New York City Fire
Department began accepting applications from women for the position of firefighter
in 1977, but did not hire any women until after Brenda Berkman successfully sued the
City of New York on behalf of herself and other women who had passed the written examination,
questioning the validity of the physical exam. The UWF was founded to deal with the
occupational and sexual discrimination and the sexual harassment women firefighters
faced. These records cover Brenda Berkman's career, legal cases (Brenda Berkman et
al. v. City of New York et al.; Brenda Berkman et al. v. City of New York et al.,
Appeal; and Brenda Berkman v. City of New York, Carlos Rivera, & Selig Ginsberg),
and the founding and development of the United Women Firefighters of New York City
and the related national support group, Women in Fire Service (WFS, alternately known
as Women in Fire Suppression). The collection contains scrapbook material, personal
correspondence, legal documents, organizational files, subject files, clippings, photographs,
videos and memorabilia.
||15.0 linear feet in 14 record cartons, 2 manuscript boxes and one folder.
|Language of Materials:
||Materials are in English