Betty White to Be Named Honorary Forest Ranger

Forest fires? There’s a Betty White for that. 

The 88-year-old acclaimed film and TV actress will soon be named as an honorary forest ranger by the U.S. Forest Service. The Golden Girls alum has gone on record as saying she wanted to be a ranger but couldn’t because women weren’t allowed to have the job.

Very few women were hired during the Forest Service’s early years following its opening in 1905. The first female lookout was Halle Daggett in 1913, whose job was watching for California wildfires. Today, 38% of the U.S. Forest Service’s work force is female. 

Will you feel safer once Betty is sworn in? Tell us in the comments section.

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