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Celebrating Women's History Month

WASHINGTON, DC—The Forest Service has made great strides in its hiring of women in the past 100-plus years. Once mostly relegated to simply desk work, women truly began breaking into line and staff positions in the late 20th century. Although the first female scientist at the Forest Products Laboratory, Eloise Gerry, was hired in 1910 and the first female forest fire lookout, Hallie Daggett, was hired in 1913, these women were exceptions rather than the rule. More women began moving into line officer and field positions in the 1970s. This video reflects on the agency's history, from Hallie Daggett to Abigail Kimbell, as well as the abundance of qualified women in leadership positions throughout the agency today.