Women at Ground Zero: Stories of Courage and Compassion

by Susan Hagen and Mary Carouba

Susan and Mary at Ground Zero circa 2001



In response to media portrayals of rescue workers as “firemen, policemen, brothers” and “our brave guys,” California authors Susan Hagen and Mary Carouba set out for New York City in the aftermath of 9/11 to find and tell the stories of equally heroic women who responded to the World Trade Center tragedy.

Their book is a powerful collection of first-person stories told by 30 female firefighters, police officers, paramedics and others who risked their lives on 9/11. It also includes the stories of three women who died in the line of duty.

Book reviews

“Reading the first-person accounts in vivid detail, with descriptions of feelings, smells, fears and courage, put a new perspective on the events of those horrible days.”  MORE

Reader reviews

“Once I started this book, I couldn’t put it down…I just had to read one more story, then another and another.”  MORE

Archived guestbook

“I’m going to school to become an EMT, and I’ve felt so discouraged about being a female in a man’s world. Your book was a message to let me know that I will be able to accomplish my dream of being a paramedic. Thank you for your inspiration.”  MORE

Speaking engagements

Susan and Mary deliver a lively and candid presentation about their inspirational journey through post-9/11 New York City as they sought to shed light on the thousands of female rescue workers rendered virtually invisible by gender-imbalanced reporting.  MORE

The Women at Ground Zero Project

The Women at Ground Zero Project continues to honor women in the fire, police and emergency medical services who risked or gave their lives on 9/11.  MORE