xi, 207 pages ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-201) and index.
Introduction: The history of women in policing : matrons to patrol officers -- Section I: Female police officers of the 1980s : Title Niners. Girls, why do you want to be police officers when you grow up? ; Becoming a police officer ; Changing the gender of policing ; Facing the intimidations of harassment and discrimination ; The dangers on the beat -- Section II: Female police officers of the 1990s : crime fighters or communication experts. Community policing ; Pathways and entering police work ; Gaining acceptance and culture shock ; Making rank : glass ceiling or escalator? -- Section III: Female police officers of the 2000s : career minded and college educated. Doing policing differently? ; Women's work ; Motherhood ; Work and life balance -- Conclusion: The current status of women police and future directions.
In 1845, women entered the career of policing, and ever since it's been an evolving history for them. There are countless stories of women shaping this career, adding particular gifts and abilities to the profession. There are, also, countless stories of their struggles to fit in and survive in this "all-boys club." Thriving in an All Boys Club: Female Police and Their Fight for Equality examines one of the most debated issues surrounding female police officers - their ability to find acceptance in the male subculture. Through the stories of women who joined policing in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, readers learn that women's acceptance in policing is complex and officer's experiences are wide-ranging. Stories of resistance and harassment by colleagues, the glass ceiling in promotion, and gender specific obstacles related to pregnancy and childcare are common. Their stories show a strong sense of determination and perseverance to perform the duties of police officers. --Back cover.
9781442274297 (hardcover ; alkaline paper)
1442274298 (hardcover ; alkaline paper)