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Direct Quote: The Good Fight

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Jen Reel was an Observer intern before joining the staff in July 2010, first as Web Editor, and most recently as Multimedia Editor. She received a Masters in Journalism with a concentration in Photojournalism from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was co-chair for the student chapter of the National Press Photographers Association. She has worked in the non-profit sector for the Peruvian-American Medical Society and has been published in Utne Reader magazine, the Village Voice and Pitchfork Music.

"Being in training for jiu-jitsu has really helped me with the firefighting. I felt that I was prepared as a woman, especially on the physical side. The suits weigh around 70 pounds. You're having to do the exact same thing your male counterparts are, so they all know we're capable of doing our job." Read more from our interview with Trista Latoya Walker, professional firefighter.