Raising brave girls TED talk by DTBF contributor Caroline Paul

Have you read Caroline Paul’s DTBF story, “Where there’s Smoke, there’s Fire”? If not, check it out. She shares what it was like to be one of the first female firefighters in the San Francisco Fire Department. (She was the 15th woman in a department of 1,500 men.) The story is an excerpt from her book Gutsy Girls, which was a New York Times best-seller. It is written for pre-teens, but her message resounds for men and women of all ages.

Caroline’s associated TED Talk is titled, “To raise brave girls, encourage adventure.”  To which we reply, YES! (Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes!)

Here is the video of her talk:


  • I used to want the words ‘she tried’ on my tombstone…now I want the words ‘she did it.’ ~ Katherine Dunham