Policewomen: A History, 2d ed.

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McFarland, Jan 30, 2014 - Social Science - 380 pages
Women in policing have seen three phases of acceptance. Beginning in about 1880, they were admitted as police matrons with extremely limited duties. Next they were accepted as policewomen around 1910–1916, when that title was officially bestowed on them. Finally came assignment of females as general duty officers in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Not coincidentally, an active women’s movement was the driving force behind all three phases. As women in policing went from matrons to regular officers, they faced harassment and discrimination that only worsened as they neared equality. Many still face it today. This book examines the history of policewomen from 1880 to 2012—particularly in the U.S.—and tells the story of their gradual recognition by the professional establishment of male officers.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
Introduction
3
1 US Police Matrons to 1910
7
2 US 18801909
33
3 US 19101916
56
4 Foreign to 1916
114
5 US 19171929
129
6 Foreign 19171929
167
8 Foreign 19301969
203
9 US 19702012 Part I
210
10 US 19702012 Part II
249
11 Foreign 19702012
284
Conclusion
325
Chapter Notes
327
Bibliography
347
Index
367

7 US 19301969
186

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Cultural historian Kerry Segrave is the author of dozens of books on such diverse topics as drive-in theaters, ticket-scalping, lie detectors, jukeboxes, smoking and shoplifting. He lives in British Columbia.

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