If you had to guess which is one of the most sex- segregated professions in the UK, what would you say?

Firefighting didn’t spring to mind as an obvious choice. However, The Guardian reports today that the percentage of female firefighters has only increased from 3 to 4% in the last six years. It was thought that many women would be unable to lift bodies during fire rescues (a requirement for the role) and this acted as a deterrent to many.

What comes as a bit of a shock is a more practical barrier: the fact that many mostly-male fire stations do not have female toilet facilities. Surely, risking your life to save somebody else’s means you deserve a sanitary bin disposal unit and a room of one’s own?  It is just a matter of human dignity.

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