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Our Fiercest Park Ranger: What Will You be Doing at Her Age?

Next Tribe Betty Reid Soskin the badass park ranger who ensures that the role of women in World War II is not overlooked

Our National Parks have been in the news for a lot of sad reasons (lack of funding among them), but here’s some upbeat news: Betty Reid Soskin, age 97, is on the job as our nation’s oldest and most amazing park ranger.

Her life story is quite incredible: Of Creole and Cajun background, she experienced racism – even death threats — when her family moved into a white suburb. She worked with her first husband managing a music business and was a noted songwriter in the Civil Rights Movement. Working for a California assemblywomen, Soskin was instrumental in planning and creating the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, California, which was established in 2000.

It commemorates the contributions of women to the war effort, and Soskin has been applauded in particular for how she worked tirelessly to be sure the African-American experience was part of the park’s history and purpose. Today, she works there greeting guests and sharing in tales of those heroines from decades past.

Her spirit and her work ethic are remarkably strong: After being the victim of a violent robbery last year, Soskin waited until her bruises were fully healed so she could put, quite literally, her best face forward on the job. She is not one to ever show weakness. You can follow this iconic woman’s adventures at crbreaux.blogspot.com.

Janet Siroto

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Yes! My role model is Georgia O’Keefe – if “work” is doing what you love, do it your whole life!

Agree.

I hope to still be writing and editing NextTribe!

That is a job you can do until you are 97. What if you were a hotel housekeeper?

I hope to be breathing in and out.

A life well lived! How inspiring!

DeniseAltherr…I could see you here!!

Rebecca Hayes

Do they expect us to seriously live that long! I mean, come on!

I expect to need to work until I die.

have to work until noon on the day of my funeral.

Hopefully walking dogs and lap sitting cats!!

Love her!

The working poors will work until they can’t. Maybe, mercifully, they won’t last that long. Still makes me steamed.

Amazing!

Cooking for my children, for it brings them to me & I get to share nutrition & warm loving moments.

Anything!

Jennifer Razzeto Wilson

If you outlive your money..why not??!!

Morgan

Travelling

And still she persisted . . .

Oh gawd yes – I’ll probably still have to work . .

I can not imagine all of the things and changes she has seen!

Probably crawling

My 91 year old mother is hardly a park ranger, but she’s still got her spunk and most of her marbles. More and more women are living well in to their 90’s and blazing some great trails. Bless ’em all!

She is an amazing woman and we’ll worth catching her talks. I took my grands to listen to her perspective on WWII in the same area my mother was in. Pretty darned amazing.

Hit man.

Bob

I expect to be pushing daisies.

Go Betty!

She must be doing something she really loves. Her health allows her to do that. As long as she’s able and willing, I say go for it. Not everyone is that fortunate.

Pet sitting I hope

Writing, writing, writing…

She is my new role model

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