Eric Garcetti

Wanted: More female firefighters in L.A.

Wanted: More female firefighters in L.A.

For more than two decades, Los Angeles has been trying — and failing — to significantly increase the number of women in the Fire Department. In 1994, about 2% of the department was women; by 2015, it had only increased to 2.7%, or 89 out of 3,200 employees.

That's a disappointment by any measure. Yet now, the department is once again preparing to invest in another recruitment effort. The plan presented to fire commissioners last week is not a bad one because it goes beyond setting up...