Betty Reid Soskin, at 97, the oldest career National Park Service ranger, has received yet another honor, being named one of Glamour magazine’s 2018 “Women of the Year.”
Soskin is a ranger at the Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, where she shares her personal experiences regarding race and social change during the World War II years and beyond.
A native of East Oakland who now lives in Richmond, Soskin now shares with park visitors her nine decades of a black woman living in a largely white America. Her memoir, “Sign My Name to Freedom: A Memoir of a Pioneering Life,” was published in February.
As for Glamour’s honor, the magazine story about Soskin says, “We all wish we could be that fully present in our lives, and it’s something you soak up when you’re around Betty.”
The magazine’s other 2018 “Women of the Year” are actress Viola Davis, model/author Chrissy Teigen, Sen. Kamala Harris, singer/actress Janelle Monae, Saudi Arabian activist Manal al-Sharif, “The Women Who Took Down” convicted serial child molester Larry Nassar and “The Women Activists of March of Our Lives.”
Story originally published by Bay City News.