Brenda Berkman

Women Who Fought for Our Equality

August 26 marks 1920's ratification of the 19th amendment, giving women the right to vote. In 1971, Congre declared the date Women's Equality Day. Ta... Read More »

MAKERS Take On the Ice Bucket Challenge

Over the past couple weeks, you've probably seen a few of your friends dump buckets of water on themselves. The "ice bucket challenge," was created to... Read More »

Throwback Thursday: FDNY's First Female Firefighter Says 'Enough is Enough'

This year, four new women will join the FDNY, bringing the total number of women in its ranks to 41. There are 10,400 firefighters and officers in New... Read More »

Remembering 9-11 in a Foreign Land: The Importance of Continuing to Tell Our Stories

Since surviving 9-11 as a first responder (New York City fire officer), I have only been away from New York City a couple of times on the anniversary... Read More »

Good News, Bad News for FDNY Women?

Information about women firefighters in the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) invariably has a kind of "good news, bad news" quality to it. In 198... Read More »

MAKING HISTORY: The Lawsuit That Led To Women in the NYC Firehouse

In honor of Women's History Month, we are celebrating with 31 days of women's history! Every day in March, we will highlight an historic moment, as to... Read More »

More From the Red Carpet! So Many MAKERS at the "MAKERS: Women Who Make America" Premiere

Last week, MAKERS from all acro the country gathered in New York City to celebrate the upcoming documentary "MAKERS: Women Who Make America," which w... Read More »

Hurricane Sandy: How to Support Women and Girls in Disaster Recovery

People are the same the world over. We see a disaster happening and we want to help. Often that impulse to help is short-term and a Band-Aid approac... Read More »

Honoring The Women Heroes of 9/11

All of us who sped to the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Shanksville on that day did so not out of a desire for fame or fortune but to try to he... Read More »

5 Views on Facing Adversity

Whether it's losing a competition, facing abuse, enduring a death of a loved one, surviving an a ault—transforming difficult situations can be o... Read More »