Women in Times of Crisis


We don’t look like men.

Dick Cheney and senior staff  (Norman Mineta, I. Lewis ‘Scooter’ Libby, Condoleezza Rice, and Mary Matalin) witness the collapse of South Tower of World Trade Center . 9:59 a.m. September 11, 2001: Vice President Cheney Appears Unemotional as South Tower Collapses(h/t Kristen Powers) 

(Credit: White House, David Bohrer


And we don’t always act like men.

President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates along with other members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden, in the Situation Room of the White House, Sunday, May 1, 2011, in Washington.

(Credit: AP Photo/The White House, Pete Souza)


Yet we still manage to do what is necessary.

From the Hillsboro People by Dorothy Canfield:

"I never could see," commented the other, "how you managed when he went away t' th' war."

"Oh, I did the way you do when you have to! I'd felt he ought to go, you know, as much as he did, so I was willin' to put in my best licks. An' I was young too--twenty-three--and only two of the children born then--and I was as strong as a ox. I never minded the work any. 'Twas the days after battles, when we couldn't get no news, that was the bad part. Why, I could go to the very spot, over there where the butternut tree stands--'twas our garden then--where I heard he was killed at Gettysburg."

"What did you do?" asked the other.

"I went on hoein' my beans. There was the two children to be looked out for, you know. But I ain't mindin' tellin' you that I can't look at a bean-row since without gettin' sick to my stomach and feelin' the goose-pimples start all over me."

Enough Said.


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