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Actress Betty White Now A Forest Ranger

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Actress Betty White attends the opening of Pink's Hot Dogs and the unveiling of the Betty White "Naked" Hot Dog at Pink's Universal CityWalk on April 19, 2010 in Universal City, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

Actress Betty White attends the opening of Pink’s Hot Dogs and the unveiling of the Betty White “Naked” Hot Dog at Pink’s Universal CityWalk on April 19, 2010 in Universal City, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (AP) – 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 forest 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 the 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 work force.

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