The secret battles of female firefighters

Recently, I was one of the female firefighters featured on the November 6th episode of The Fifth Estate, a CBC investigative program here in Canada about the bullying, harassment and gender discrimination that women firefighters go through at work.

The stories told within the show only scratched the surface, unfortunately countless similar stories will never see the light of day.

This program highlighted the fact that not only is this abuse a reality, has happened but still is happening and is a systemic long-standing problem– and not only with firefighters, but many other women in any male dominated workplaces like policing, or the military.

This show helped to expose and highlight unacceptable gender harassment, and has helped to start the bigger conversation and call for accountability of the organizations, unions and employers that still are doing nothing to fix this problem.