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Posted at 1:14 PM ET, 11/ 9/2010

Betty White named honorary forest ranger

By Associated Press

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Betty White can now add "Forest Ranger" to her list of honors.

The actress known for her roles on "The Golden Girls" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" was made an honorary ranger Tuesday by the U.S. Forest Service. The 88-year-old White has said that as a young girl she wanted to be a forest ranger, but women weren't allowed to have the job.

The Forest Service began in 1905, but very few women were employed during its early years. The first woman to serve as a fire lookout was Hallie Daggett, who was hired in 1913 to spot fires in California's Klamath National Forest. Today, women are 38 percent of the Forest Service's workforce.

By Associated Press  | November 9, 2010; 1:14 PM ET
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