History in Blue: 160 Years of Women Police, Sheriffs, Detectives, and State Troopers

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In 1893, Chicago’s mayor gave Marie Owens the title of “patrolman,” even though she had no authority to walk a beat. She did “women’s work” and was a patrolman in name only. Throughout her 30 years of service, she was never allowed to wear a uniform. It would take nearly a century for women to be able to join the police ranks as full-fledged officers. Even today, women comprise just 15 percent of the nation’s nearly one million law enforcement officers. Spanning 160 years, History in Blue is the first book to ...
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In 1893, Chicago’s mayor gave Marie Owens the title of “patrolman,” even though she had no authority to walk a beat. She did “women’s work” and was a patrolman in name only. Throughout her 30 years of service, she was never allowed to wear a uniform. It would take nearly a century for women to be able to join the police ranks as full-fledged officers. Even today, women comprise just 15 percent of the nation’s nearly one million law enforcement officers. Spanning 160 years, History in Blue is the first book to tell the riveting story of the uphill struggle for respect and recognition sustained by women in the modern police force. Featuring rare photographs and original interviews with pioneering female officers, this fascinating book chronicles the ongoing fight for equality in the world of law enforcement. In this vivid and remarkable history, Allan T. Duffin tells of the extraordinary women who broke down the barriers of gender so that they—and many generations of successors—could do the work they loved most.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781607146261
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/2/2010
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Allan Duffin is a freelance writer and television/multimedia producer. He has over 50 magazine and newspaper articles to his credit and is currently featured in Air&Space/Smithsonian, DramaBiz, Restaurant, Flight Journal, AirForces Monthly, American Veteran, and Military Heritage, among others. Allan has written about a variety of subjects including marketing, health, technology, the arts, the military, and history.

For television he has produced, written, co-produced and developed more than 20 projects for the History and Discovery Networks. He recently assisted in the production of DVD special features for 20th Century Fox and co-wrote and co-produced a TV travel pilot, ""The Perfect Day.""

Allan founded Duffin Creative, a company that provides multimedia production and print/web design services. He consulted on operations and marketing efforts for In House Media, Inc., a multimedia production facility and acting studio for young performer.

A military veteran and recipient of the Bronze Star medal in 2003 for outstanding leadership in a combat zone, Allan served 11 years in the U.S. Air Force — five on active duty and six in the reserves — in the areas of research & development, protocol, special operations, and aircraft maintenance. He commanded three squadrons.

Allan has experience in project management, software engineering, and conference and special event planning. He previously worked as a museum staff member, an assistant film archivist, and as an editorial assistant on the national magazine The New England Quarterly.

As an adjunct college instructor Allan has taught courses in American history at Los Angeles Valley College and Pasadena City College.

Allan holds an M.A. in History from Northeastern University and a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering & history from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Michele, a television production/script supervisor and copyeditor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2012

    History in Blue: 160 Years of Women Police, Sheriffs, Detectives

    History in Blue: 160 Years of Women Police, Sheriffs, Detectives, and State Troopers, is an intriguing book displaying the troubles that women police had getting into a man's job. Women had a tremendously hard time trying to receive respect and appreciation for the work they perform as law enforcement officers. This book was used as research for a project about women police, and it contained all of the necessary information needed to get background knowledge on the subject. The book was harder to read because it was more of a textbook style of writing, but it still was able to show the emotions of the officers interviewed for the book. It is very interesting to read what life was like for the women 160 years ago. Gender roles in that time were still strict and women weren't allowed to do as much as men were. They were also looked down upon because they needed to be able to fend for themselves. After speaking with Officer Windy Willet, she showed her struggle of trying to be the best in her training classes as she was the only women in the class out of fifteen. The book had accurate information and helped me brainstorm several questions for my interview with Officer Willet. Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who is fascinated with law enforcement and the progression of the female role in a male dominated profession.

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  • Posted March 16, 2011

    LOVED IT!!

    fantastic it was a great read with any imteresting photos and real stories about women and the police force!

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  • Posted January 10, 2011

    and i dont like history

    261 pages, really interesting history of women enforcement

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