CNN documentary to feature women of 9/11

Countless special reports related to 9/11 have been released thus far leading up to Sunday’s 10-year anniversary, including The New York Times’ “The Reckoning.” One project, however, places special emphasis on the women – “Beyond Bravery: The Women of 9/11“by CNN’s Soledad O’Brien.

In the Reporter’s Notebook for the piece, O’Brien states that the documentary aims to address the question of a little boy during a visit of a female firefighter from 9/11 to his classroom: He asked her “how she could be a ‘fireman’ if she was a girl.” The documentary aims to tell the stories of 9/11’s women and give voice to their heroism and their challenges.

The project includes a look at the book “Women At Ground Zero” written by Susan Hagen and Mary Carouba. Here’s a sample segment from the documentary:

The documentary is set to air at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Sept. 11. More sample segments can be viewed along with the reporter’s notebook and a link to an educator and parent guide here.

In addition to this documentary on CNN, a number of other news outlets have provided stories about women’s experiences including the following:

Did you find other 9/11 coverage of women? Share your findings in the comment section below.

In other news

The New York Times‘ first female executive editor, Jill Abramson, stepped into the position on Tuesday. Several posts related to the beginning of her tenure as editor circled the web, including a memo announcing her leadership team.

Abramson herself sent out a tweet Tuesday regarding her new role:

The announcement that Abramson would succeed Bill Keller came in June, making her the first woman to hold that title in the paper’s 160-year history. Read our post following that announcement here.

This is the Gender Report’s Week in Review, a weekly post that highlights some of the major stories related to gender issues this week. Some of these stories may have already appeared in our News Feed or in the week’s Gender Checks. We’ll at times include a longer analysis of stories as well as bring attention to stories that may have slipped through the cracks of the week’s news cycle.

Gender check: 9/8/11 – Midwest

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Website: St. Louis Post-Dispatch (

"Economic legacies of 9/11 loom large in St. Louis" -, 9/8/2011

On, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 8:50 a.m. (PDT) Thursday, Sept. 8, was titled “Economic legacies of 9/11 loom large in St. Louis.” Its subject was a look at the impact of 9/11 on the economy.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, was director of regional leadership council
  2. Male, university economist
  3. Male, bank president
  4. Female, airport director
  5. Male, CEO of airline
  6. Male, longtime economic development official
  7. Male, defense analyst at a brokerage

Notes/analysis: The article includes five photos. In four photos, the gender of individuals is discernible through the help of captions. Three of the images feature males solely (one military and two construction) and one image focuses on two female military members but also includes males.

Website: St. Louis Beacon

On the St. Louis Beacon, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 8:50 a.m. (PDT) Thursday, Sept. 8, was titled “Missouri senators adjourn until Monday in effort to save economic package.” Its subject was an economic development package. The first two sources are part of the update to the story listed first followed by the original story in full.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, state Senate president pro tem (R)
  2. Male, state senator (R)
  3. Female, chair of group Show-me Patriots
  4. Male, St. Louis mayor
  5. Male, director of a Tea-party aligned group
  6. Male, housing director for senior services
  7. Male, state senator (D)
  8. Male, state senator (R)
  9. Male, state senator, committee chair (R)
  10. Male, chief executive of Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  11. Male, state senator (R)
  12. Male, state senator (R)
  13. Male, state senator (R)
  14. Male, head of K & N Patriots

Notes/analysis: A female state senator was mentioned with source No. 8, but was not given her own statement or quote as was the male source. Two mugshots with the story were both of males. The two photos with the story featured a mix of males and females.