Another View of 9/11:
Women Tell Their Stories

Many women in the fire and rescue service have commented to Women in the Fire Service about the lack of media visibility of women rescuers at the 9/11 incidents, and about the common and unapologetic use of the terms "fireman" and "firemen" by the news media.

WFS has collected and archived these stories, to provide a counterbalance to the continuing perception that only men were involved in the response, rescue, and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the Pennsylvania crash site.

We encourage all women who responded to the 9/11 attacks, on that date or later, to contact us for an interview if you are willing to talk about your experiences and share them with others. We also encourage everyone to read the book by Susan Hagen and Mary Carouba, Women at Ground Zero, which contains interviews with 30 women rescuers about the events of 9/11.

Here are the stories we have posted so far:

   Report from Ground Zero, by FDNY Lieutenant Brenda Berkman
   Into the Bowels of Hell, by FDNY Firefighter Maureen McArdle Schulman
     An EMT at the World Trade Center: Interview with Bonnie Jean Giebfried
     With New York Regional Response Team 1: Interview with Kathy Barton
     The Pentagon, September 11: Interview with DCFD Firefighter Tomi Rucker
     Peer Support at Ground Zero: Interview with Green Bay Engineer Ann Peggs
     Beyond Ground Zero, by Brenda Berkman
  Articles about the invisibility of fire and rescue service women in the 9/11 media coverage:
     Too Far Back for Comfort
     The Language of Inclusion
     Lt. Berkman's remarks at the annual banquet of the National Women's Law Center, November 14, 2001.

Also see a December 3 article from the Christian Science Monitor about the women firefighters at Ground Zero.


FDNY Lieutenant Brenda Berkman has asked:

"For the fire and rescue service women who are upset about women's invisibility in the media coverage and public ceremonies surrounding the September 11 attacks, please do something about it. Write to the national media. Write to your elected representatives. Write to New York City officials. Help us out here... we can't do it alone."

For more on what you can do to help, click here.


This page last updated 9/3/02


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