A few years back I went on a date with a man who told me that “women lose their power as they age.” I’ll come back to his statement shortly, but first a story about a true woman of courage.
I never knew journalist Marie Colvin existed until yesterday when she burst on the scene in Syria with her reports of the extreme violence being inflicted on the innocent men, women and children in the city of Homs. I was on the treadmill at the gym counting my calories when she popped up on the TV, thousands of miles away in the midst of untold human suffering and misery. She reported on a little boy who died in front of her. That image alone spoke volumes about the horror unfolding in that region.
This morning I read that Colvin was killed after coming under heavy fire at the house she and her photographer were reporting from. It had been less than 24 hours since I first saw Colvin on TV, but this fearless woman had made a huge impact on me. I discovered she had been covering wars for 20 years. In one of the conflicts shrapnel blew out her eye, but she kept on reporting with a black patch over her wound. Last week she arranged to be smuggled into Syria where she climbed over walls in the dark and slipped into muddy trenches. As her car was being pelted with machine gun power, she managed to sneak her way into the neighborhood where she could see first hand what was happening and report it to the world. While there for only a short time, Colvin’s powerful reporting sent a message to the international community that the people in Homs need help.
This incredibly courageous woman was 56. Which brings me back to my date who said, “women lose their power as they age.” Fortunately, Colvin didn’t buy into that philosophy. And because of that, the world is a better place.