- Soledad O’Brien’s CNN special "Beyond Bravery: The Women of 9/11" based on the book "Women at Ground Zero: Stories of Compassion and Courage"
- Former New York City Fire Department Captain Brenda Berkman discussing the role her fellow female responders played at Ground Zero
- Carol D’Auria of 1010 Wins speaking with female first responders about their experiences the day the Twin Towers fell, and
- TIME's interactive video gallery Beyond 9/11: Portraits of Resilience, which features a number of women.
Each of these features reacts to and breaks the silence around how women responded to and were affected by 9/11.
Below we're thrilled to feature quotes from six of the women included in TIME's gallery, revealing in their own words how 9/11 impacted their lives.
PHOTOS and QUOTES:
Lyzbeth Glick Best, widow of Jeremy Glick, passenger on Flight 93: "I'm a very peaceful person. I don't even agree with war. I don't believe in the death penalty. But that's my personal belief. I know many families do want more of a revenge. For me, I think judgment comes in another life from here. I do have some anger, but I really, over 10 years, have tried to let it go. My life now -- it's very joyous. I don't think you ever get over the loss or the pain. Just the other day I'm thinking, "He's really not coming back this time," or not in this lifetime, and 10 years later, that's still difficult for me to accept. But that doesn't mean I haven't found joy in my life. I think somewhere along the way I've learned to separate the pain from joy. I'm remarried to a wonderful man, and we have two beautiful children in addition to my older daughter. He has adopted my older daughter, so he's been a father to her since she was 4 years old. Life has moved forward. I teach college. I've had that job for almost 15 years. And my family is what's important to me."
"For years my husband and I were subjected to a character-assassination campaign. Ultimately it led to the conviction on four out of five counts for Dick Cheney's chief of staff, Scooter Libby. For my husband and myself, the most important count was obstruction of justice. We're grateful, ultimately, that the truth has come out. Almost everyone now will say, 'Yes, the intelligence was manipulated, and the American people were sold a war that maybe wasn't in our best interest. I don't think history will judge those decisions well, because we're almost eight, nine years into two wars, and the amount of blood and treasure that has been spent by this country -- not to mention the civilian casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan -- is incomparable. I'm afraid it is a legacy that will endure for generations."
On being attacked during combat: "We flew over a nest of insurgents who had been flushed out of Fallujah. They ambushed us. They shot everything they had into the air. An RPG [rocket-propelled grenade] came up through the chin bubble of the aircraft. We're not sure whether it exploded inside the aircraft or just outside, but basically in my lap. It vaporized my right leg, kicked my left up into the instrument panel of the aircraft, which amputated it, blew off most of my right arm--and all I could think of was, It's time to land the aircraft."
"Over the years after 9/11, we had realized that there is a misunderstanding, a deep, deep misunderstanding about who Muslims are. And that most Americans' perception of Islam is largely shaped by the events that happen overseas."
On how others respond to her and her work: "I think that moms resonate with everybody. If you're not a mom, you have a mom. And usually you have a good relationship with your mom, and even a lot of people who didn't agree with me understood that relationship."
On discovering the "shoe bomber" on Flight 63 from Paris to Miami: "He has something between his leg and the wall of the airplane. And he's working frantically at something there -- something that is not in my view. With all the information I had, I thought it was a fire. I was really overcome with a sense of urgency that he was dangerous to the safety of our airplane and perhaps threatening our lives. So I jumped into the seat next to him, and I wrapped my arms around his upper body in an attempt to pull him up away from what he was doing. He bit me over the knuckle of my thumb, and I couldn't remove my hand from his mouth. It was really painful, and at that point, I started screaming 'Help me! Help me! Help me! Stop him!'"
You can see all the photos, video and testimonials from "Beyond 9/11: Portraits of Resilience" at TIME.com.