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The Rise of Heroic Women Like Abby Sunderland

First, it was a seven year girl, Jessica Dubroff, who killed herself (and her father) trying to fly an airplane in 1996. More recently, it is a 16-year old girl, Abby Sunderland, who tried to sail around the world solo, and is feared dead off the southeast coast of Africa, featuring some of the roughest waters in the world.

Welcome to the youngsters of the so-called Millennial generation, which we call the new World War II generation. First boys (like Abby's older brother, Zack, who also sailed around the world ) and then girls, perform feats of exceptional heroism. In an earlier era, featuring the original World War II generation, their names included aviators Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earheart.

If, as we believe, there will soon be a major war (that dwarfs the recent ones), this batch of women will not be Rosie the Riveters (a role that will be played by their Boomer parents, running the robots in the arms factories). Instead, the girls will march off with the guys to war, which will be the greatest mixer since the (Boomers') anti-(Vietnam) war movement. And THEIR children will ask them, "what did you do during the war daddy AND mommy?"

This appears to be a "one generation" thing, however. History also teaches that today's small children, the women (and men) of the "Homeland Security" (new "Silent") generation will be less heroic than their immediate predecessors.