Women at Ground Zero: Stories of Courage and Compassion



The Women at Ground Zero Project

Women at Ground Zero is a powerful collection of first-person stories told by 30 female firefighters, police officers, paramedics, EMTs, and others who responded to the World Trade Center tragedy on September 11, 2001. In response to the media’s portrayal of rescue workers as “firemen, policemen, brothers,” and “our brave guys,” Northern California authors Susan Hagen and Mary Carouba pooled their credit cards and set out for Manhattan shortly after the World Trade Center attack to find and interview women rescue workers and tell their stories. Despite the fact that they had no contacts, no press credentials, and knew no one in New York City, Hagen and Carouba were determined to find these women and include them in the national conversation about the heroes of 9/11.

“One of the things that bothered us most about the invisibility of women at Ground Zero was that the media presented few role models for girls and young women who might be considering careers in public safety,” Hagen and Carouba write in the book’s introduction. “Women have worked hard to make inroads into occupations that were previously available only to men, and we did not want the women working at Ground Zero to fade into the background of American history. Nor did we want to see current and future generations of children grow up believing that only men are strong, brave, and heroic.”

In the course of their research for Women at Ground Zero, the authors witnessed firsthand the trauma suffered by the rescue workers they interviewed. A desire to acknowledge the extraordinary courage of these women led them to an entirely new — and unplanned — project. Even before their book was in contract with a publisher, they returned to California and rallied the people of Sonoma County to fund an all-expense-paid week of rest and recognition for the 30 female rescue workers featured in the book. With the help of more than 100 volunteers, they not only raised the funds necessary for a first-class trip to the Wine Country last November, but also collected over $40,000 to seed a “Women at Ground Zero Scholarship” fund for Sonoma County students enrolled in police, fire and paramedic academies.

After meeting for the first time in California, the women rescue workers from New York City continue to support one another on the East Coast as they recover from the physical and psychological effects of the 9/11 tragedy. Their ongoing relationships with the authors and other Northern California volunteers who coordinated the Wine Country trip continue to provide an additional — and unexpected — source of healing and support.

*Susan Hagen is an award-winning nonfiction writer and writing teacher, a former news journalist, and a retired firefighter/EMT. Mary Carouba is a writer, educator, public speaker, and advocate for social justice and positive change. Since the publication of their book, they have been making personal appearances throughout the United States and Canada to share the stories of Women at Ground Zero and encourage others to act on their inspirations and follow their dreams.

Three editions of the book have been published in hardcover.
The first softcover edition is now available.

Human Remains

Thanks to Kathy McGrade for bringing this book to my attention. She agrees with me on the importance of presenting the human remains as part of the explosive WTC evidence. It is time to up the ante.

In the book, Women At Ground Zero, a first responder recounts a walk
she and some co-workers took in the evening on 9/11, at the site. She
states she saw a chunk of a torso on the top of a car parked four
blocks away from the Towers. If that's not explosive energy, I don't
know what is.


And a bit gruesome, of course.

Do you happen to know if the torso originated with AA 11 or UA 175? Did the torso's lungs exhibit PBI?

I don't know about that specifically, but...

If this graphic used by both FOX News and The Post is correct:

I don't think we can reconcile the spread of body-parts to the 2 plane's passengers alone.

(This graphic was used during the 9 year anniversary "mosque" media-circus, hence the "proposed mosque" site banner)

Interesting map

Thanks for posting this, Brian. This map essentially proves that we were lied to about how the towers fell, since it shows how body parts were widely dispersed upon destruction. In no way was this a progressive floor collapse which would tend to 'trap & stack' contents. These buildings were violently blown apart.

re: "trap and stack"

I agree. Why has this never been explained by the gravity sniffers?

Is this Judd?

Are you ready for the big role? They can't explain the debris at GZ with gravity.

No, sorry.

Different Nelson. : )