In 2017, more than 1.1 million firefighters fought some of the most devastating and destructive fires in American history. Less than 10 percent of those firefighters were women.

That fact comes from the National Fire Protection Association and the short film by REI “Women In Fire” which highlights some of those female wildland firefighters.

“Women In Fire” speaks with handful of these women to better understand the realities of the job and their sense of duty in doing the job for all women everywhere.

“Sometimes there’s a feeling that I have to be twice as good to be considered as competent as my male coworkers,” firefighter Lacey England reveals in the video. “I don’t want to make a mistake in front of the men because I don’t want that to reflect badly on all women. Which can get in the way of learning and trying new things.”

Not only are these brave women risking their lives, but they’re also challenging outdated societal norms that make zero sense.

“That’s my goal for young girls coming up, is that they see role models and they say, ‘Well if she can do it, I can do it,'” says Yosemite station chief Kelly Martin.

In the middle of the fight.

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