A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from March 23, 2017
“Why are women and children evacuated first?” (joke)

A one-line saying about evacuating women and children first (during a disaster, such as a sinking ship) has been printed on several images:

“During a disaster we evacuate women and children first so we can think about a solution in silence.”

“When there is a disaster if it evacuated women and children in first it is just to think about a solution in silence” was posted on Twitter on May 31, 2012. The joke became popular in July 2015, when it was put on a Demotivation poster.


Wikipedia: Women and children first
“Women and children first” (or to a lesser extent, the Birkenhead Drill) is a code of conduct whereby the lives of women and children are to be saved first in a life-threatening situation, typically abandoning ship, when survival resources such as lifeboats were limited.

While the phrase first appeared in the 1860 novel Harrington: A Story of True Love, by William Douglas O’Connor, the first documented application of “women and children first” occurred during the 1852 evacuation of the Royal Navy troopship HMS Birkenhead. It is, however, most famously associated with the sinking of RMS Titanic in 1912. As a code of conduct, “women and children first” has no basis in maritime law. According to disaster evacuation expert Ed Galea, in modern-day evacuations people will usually “help the most vulnerable to leave the scene first. It’s not necessarily women, but is likely to be the injured, elderly and young children.”

Twitter
ραяιs ♥‏
@smilecauseucann
When there is a disaster if it evacuated women and children in first it is just to think about a solution in silence
11:24 AM - 31 May 2012

Twitter
Jeremy‏
@combs_photo
During a disaster if we evacuate women and children first, it is just so we can think about a solution in silence
10:42 AM - 14 Jul 2015

Twitter
Forex-Global‏
@ForexGlobal_de
If we evacuate women and children first during a disaster, is it just that we can think about a solution in silence for a moment??
1:37 AM - 22 Jul 2015

Demotivation
During a disaster if we evacuate women and - children first, it is just so we can think about a solution in silence
2015.07.24 submitted by ne2rnas 22
(A painting of the Titanic sinking is shown.—ed.)

Reddit—MGTOW
Quick! Women and Children First! (imgur.com)
submitted November 20, 2015 by CodeNewfie
COMMENTS
imgurtranscriber
Here is what the linked meme says in case it is blocked at your school/work or is unavailable for any reason:

Post Title: Quick! Women and Children First!
Top: DURING A DISASTER WE EVACUATE WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST
Bottom: SO WE CAN THINK ABOUT A SOLUTION IN SILENCE

Facebook
I’ve heard this joke before
August 28, 2016 ·
Why are women and children evacuated first in an emergency?
So the men can think about a solution in silence.

Reddit—Jokes
Why are women and children evacuated first in a disaster?
submitted December 20, 2016 by -Cloudyy
So we can think about a solution in silence

Reddit—Jokes
Why are women and children evacuated first in a disaster?
submitted December 28, 2016 by stwicksy
So we can think about a solution in silence.

Reddit—Jokes
Why are women and children evacuated first?
submitted March 23, 2017 by SD70ACe
So we can think about a solution in silence.

Posted by Barry Popik
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