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Reminiscences of Brenda Berkman : oral history, 2005.

Creator: Berkman, Brenda
Project: September 11, 2001 oral history narrative and memory project.
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Phys. Desc. :transcript: 75 p. sound recording: 2 sound discs (85 min.) : digital ; 3 in. videorecordings: 1 videocasstte (109 min.) : digital, betacam.
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

Captain, New York City Fire Department.

Scope and Contents

Born (1951) Asheville, NC; education: St. Olaf College, Indiana University, New York University Law School; career: lawyer, White House Fellow, New York City Fire Department [NYFD], President of Women in the Fire Service; NYFD: lawsuit over gender discrimination in entrance exam, harassment, job responsibilities prior to 9/11; 9/11: reporting to duty, assignments around Seven World Trade Center, lack of organization, description of destruction; post-9/11: discussion of masculine depiction of the firefighter 'hero', coping with death of colleagues, obtainment of rights for widowed and unmarried female partners, dependence on fellow firefighters, changes in fire department.


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