ONE of the most famous facts about the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 is that Captain Edward John Smith gave the order that it was woman and children who were to be put in the lifeboats.
He knew that Titanic was fatally short of lifeboats so this order sealed the fate of most of the men on board. What is also fascinating is that this order was, by and large, obeyed by the men. There are many reports that men who were offered a seat of the lifeboats, with their wives, refused knowing that women and children remained on the ship.
I do not believe that such an order would be given, or if given, would be obeyed today.
I am very eager to know from our readers, first, should such an order be given? Second, if it were, would they personally obey it? I am directing this to our many male readers, of course.