If you and your family choose any 9/11 TV special to watch this week, make it CNN's "Beyond Bravery: The Women of 9/11." And if you're a parent, teacher, or school official, take advantage of CNN's free downloadable Educator and Parent Discussion Guide.
Besides the fact that Entertainment Weekly has named it one of the top ten 9/11 specials to watch this week, here's how we know this show is going to shake you up: my co-author, Mary Carouba, and I were invited to attend the first screening at the Time Warner Building in downtown Manhattan on August 23. There we re-connected with about a dozen of the women featured in our book, "Women at Ground Zero: Stories of Courage and Compassion," upon whose stories the documentary is based.
Just as the program concluded, the theater began to tremble. The seats swayed side to side, and everyone clutched the armrests and looked around the room. A sign that this is a powerful documentary not to be missed? Or a once-a-century earthquake on the East Coast? Well both, actually! Either way, this program is the only documentary -- just as our book has been the only book for the last ten years -- to tell the story of 9/11 from the point of view of women firefighters, police officers, paramedics, and more. View the trailer for a taste of what's to come.
Shake things up. Let your kids know that there's more to being a hero than gender alone. And most importantly, show your girls that they too, can make a difference. They can grow up to be strong, brave, heroic, and successful in any career they choose.
Watch or record "Beyond Bravery: The Women of 9/11" when it airs on CNN on Monday, Sept. 5 at 11 p.m. ET/PT or when it re-airs on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 9 p.m. ET. Check your local TV listings if you're in a different time zone, as there may be additional showings.