Life of Fort Wayne City’s First Female Firefighter in New Picture Book

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Author Carol Butler inspires children to hold on to their goals and ambitions despite setbacks and frustrations in life

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The quotation, “A woman is like a tea bag: you cannot tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water”, is attributed to two former First Ladies--Eleanor Roosevelt and Nancy Reagan. The former First Ladies’ words come to life in the story of another first woman in Carol Butler’s debut book titled, Genois Wilson, Firefighter: She Dared to Be First. It’s an audacious woman’s moving life story that shows how passion and determination can lead to incredible success in life.

Wilson is the first female firefighter of the city of Fort Wayne, Indiana. In the fire department, she exemplified leadership and a strong sense of willpower as she balanced her new life as both a role model and novice in a male-dominated professional field. She believed in herself knowing one day she could make it — and she did. In 1975, Genois Wilson-Brabson became a true trailblazer by daring to be first.

In this book, young readers can follow the inspirational storyline as to how Wilson made it through the challenges in her life. She survived a fire in her childhood home while her older sister died from that same fire. By 1970 – at a time when women were not welcome to join men in jobs requiring strength, speed and, most especially, danger – Wilson decided she wanted to be a firefighter. She took the chance and succeeded, opening the door for all women, including African-American women, throughout the nation.

Genois Wilson, Firefighter: She Dared to Be First motivates both young girls and boys to strive for their dreams no matter who they are or what their dreams may be.

For more information on this book, interested parties may log on to the publisher’s site, or the author’s site,

About the Author
Carol Butler is a community volunteer. She initiated Random Acts of Kindness Week; served as the chairperson of the International Women’s Day planning committee, and is one of the founding members of an organization dedicated to supporting the university’s Women’s Studies program. She is also an active member of the Bahá’í Faith. Carol is married to Tom Butler and they live in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She and Tom love spending time with their grandchildren, traveling, and welcoming friends to their home.

Genois Wilson, Firefighter: She Dared to be First - by Carol Butler
Publication Date: February 21, 2013
Picture Book; $21.99; 38 pages; 978-1-4797-7332-9
Picture Book Hardcover; $31.99; 38 pages; 978-1-4797-7333-6
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4797-7334-3

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