How an all-female EMT crew smashed the patriarchy in this Brooklyn community


When Rachel “Ruchie” Freier introduces us to Borough Park, Brooklyn, one of the world’s largest enclaves of Hasidic Jews. She acknowledges the community’s prevailing view of a woman’s role: “The focus of a woman is being a mother. Any profession, or extra schooling, is discouraged.” In Paula Eiselt’s feature documentary, “93Queen,” America’s first all-female EMT corps is born against this unlikely backdrop.

In the Salon-exclusive clip above, watch Rachel explain the backlash the EMTs faced from their own community, especially some men, and why they continued fighting for the all-female crews with the goal of serving women.

“93Queen” makes its national broadcast, and streaming debut on the PBS documentary series “POV” and pov.org on Monday, September 17 at 10 p.m. ET. “POV” is American television’s longest-running documentary series now in its 31st season. The documentary is a co-production of American Documentary, POV and ITVS.

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