Women You Should Know would like to thank CNN anchor and special correspondent,Soledad O’Brien, for doing what so few media outlets did over the last decade and what the large majority are still not doing today, ten years later – profiling the women First Responders of 9/11. In her just aired CNN documentary, Beyond Bravery: The Women of 9/11, Soledad tells the stories of female law enforcement officers, fire fighters, EMS workers and others who spent their lives defying stereotypes as they fought for access to jobs that require them to risk their lives for others.
According to the CNN Press Room synopsis of the new documentary, O’Brien profiles these unsung heroes and, of the survivors, reports their present-day health struggles, their continuing mourning, and their determination to be prepared for the next attack.
Having had the honor and privilege of meeting many women First Responders of 9/11 and speaking with their family members, the Women You Should Know team has firsthand experience with understanding just how important their stories are… to American history and to American culture. That’s why we are dumbfounded that they are still so unknown, unheard and untold, even today, in the year 2011. We’re doing our part to give a few of these women and their stories a much needed outlet this week, and applaud others, like Soledad, who are doing the same during this important 10th anniversary time.