Policewomen Who Made History: Breaking through the Ranks

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Overview

Beginning with a history of women in police work, Snow traces their rise through the ranks, focusing first on the first women to be given a patrol assignment. In their own words, policewomen describe the challenges and advantages of being a woman on the force, and demonstrate the perseverance many of them needed to make it in this mostly boys' club. Facing obstacles such as sex discrimination and harassment, requirements meant to block their ascent, and personal issues that arise when family members don't understand their call to duty, these women broke new ground and paved the way for others who would go on to leadership positions and other higher ranking roles. This vivid and inspiring account illustrates both the barriers women faced and continue to cope with in the field of police work but also celebrates their achievements and triumphs along the way.

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Editorial Reviews

Penny Harrington
Robert Snow has done an excellent job of chronicling the history of women in law enforcement. But beyond that, he has accurately portrayed the challenges faced as women confront discriminatory agility tests, interview boards and the attitude of some men in law enforcement. This is a must read for political leaders, educators, police chiefs and women who aspire to these careers.
Karin Montejo
This straightforward, informative, and well documented history of women pioneers in law enforcement recaps the abiding spirit of women who recognized the barriers inherent to women in policing, prepared themselves to address those challenges, and worked diligently to achieve their goals. Although tremendous progress has been made over the past decades, we must continue to bear in mind the past sacrifices and successes of those who blazed this trail
Feminist Collections: A Quarterly Of Women's Studies Resources
Snow does a masterful job of explaining policing in that era and using Coffal and Campbell's experience to demonstrate the profound changes women would make in the profession over time.
Booklist
In this straightforward study, retired police officer Snow delves into the history of American women in policing. From the days of “prison matrons” to the first female team deployed in a patrol car (in Indianapolis, where Snow served as well), the battle to break the blue ceiling is patiently recorded. The number of interviews and statistics (all thoroughly sourced with extensive end notes) is impressive, and Snow nicely blends numbers and personal stories to keep the narrative lively. He writes evenhandedly about sexism and discrimination, and handles detail with notable briskness. Some of the more compelling subjects he delves into are specific physical differences between men and women and what they mean when it comes to getting the job done (readers will be surprised) and the strain policing places on relationships for both genders. Readers should not expect thrilling accounts of chases and captures; instead this is an exceedingly professional look at an important aspect of our social history.
CHOICE
This concise, straightforward, and informative book about women in law enforcement focuses on the history of policewomen and the barriers that confronted them and continue to present obstacles to women entering policing and staying in it as a career. Such things as discriminatory pre-employment agility exams and sexual harassment remain significant roadblocks on far too many police agencies. Snow is a retired captain from the Indianapolis Police Department, and the focus of some of the book is on the IPD, which in 1968 was the first police department in the world to deploy two policewomen on street patrol. Snow shows the significant progress that policewomen have made since then, but also notes that there is a way to go before there is true gender equality in policing. Chapter 8, "Strain on Relationships," is quite good....A valuable resource that examines the many issues of women in policing. Summing Up: Recommended. General and undergraduate collections.
Women In Libraries
In Policewomen Who Made History: Breaking through the Ranks, former police officer Robert Snow covers the history of women in law enforcement. He includes the testimony of some of the first female cops who sought to contribute to their communities and prove that women were just as capable as men. These firsthand accounts as well as Snow's own personal experiences gives readers insight into just how hard it was for women to gain acceptance and respect in a largely male dominated profession....The book was not only informational but also surprisingly entertaining and inspirational. The author does a good job of showing the reader just how far female officers have come. It is really almost laughable now to think that not long ago female cops actually had to wear skirts, heels, and carry their guns in a purse while on the job. This book will prove to any reader that women should never be underestimated and can handle even the most dangerous and physically demanding jobs....Reading this book has shown me that the key to overcoming stereotypes is not done by screaming the loudest but through hard work and determination. Any reader could find something to gain in reading this book.
Feminist Collections
Snow does a masterful job of explaining policing in that era and using Coffal and Campbell's experience to demonstrate the profound changes women would make in the profession over time.
Choice
This concise, straightforward, and informative book about women in law enforcement focuses on the history of policewomen and the barriers that confronted them and continue to present obstacles to women entering policing and staying in it as a career. Such things as discriminatory pre-employment agility exams and sexual harassment remain significant roadblocks on far too many police agencies. Snow is a retired captain from the Indianapolis Police Department, and the focus of some of the book is on the IPD, which in 1968 was the first police department in the world to deploy two policewomen on street patrol. Snow shows the significant progress that policewomen have made since then, but also notes that there is a way to go before there is true gender equality in policing. Chapter 8, "Strain on Relationships," is quite good....A valuable resource that examines the many issues of women in policing. Summing Up: Recommended. General and undergraduate collections.
Feminist Collections: A Quarterly Of Women's Studies Resources
Snow does a masterful job of explaining policing in that era and using Coffal and Campbell's experience to demonstrate the profound changes women would make in the profession over time.
From the Publisher
In this straightforward study, retired police officer Snow delves into the history of American women in policing. From the days of ?prison matrons? to the first female team deployed in a patrol car (in Indianapolis, where Snow served as well), the battleto break the blue ceiling is patiently recorded. The number of interviews and statistics (all thoroughly sourced with extensive end notes) is impressive, and Snow nicely blends numbers and personal stories to keep the narrative lively. He writes evenhandedly about sexism and discrimination, and handles detail with notable briskness. Some of the more compelling subjects he delves into are specific physical differences between men and women and what they mean when it comes to getting the job done (readers will be surprised) and the strain policing places on relationships for both genders. Readers should not expect thrilling accounts of chases and captures; instead this is an exceedingly professional look at an important aspect of our social history..
Chief Penny Harrington
Robert Snow has done an excellent job of chronicling the history of women in law enforcement. But beyond that, he has accurately portrayed the challenges faced as women confront discriminatory agility tests, interview boards and the attitude of some men in law enforcement. This is a must read for political leaders, educators, police chiefs and women who aspire to these careers....
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442200333
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/16/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,288,879
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert L. Snow was a police officer with the Indianapolis Police Department for more than 38 years, retiring in 2007 with the rank of captain. He has published dozens of articles and short stories appearing in such national publications as Reader's Digest, Playboy, The Writer, the National Enquirer, Action Digest, Police, and The Saint Detective Magazine. In addition, he is the author of ten books: Protecting Your Life, Home, and Property (1995); SWAT Teams (1996); Family Abuse (1997); Stopping A Stalker (1998); The Militia Threat (1999); Looking for Carroll Beckwith (1999); Deadly Cults: The Crimes of True Believers (2003); Murder 101 (2005); Sex Crimes Investigation (2006); Technology and Law Enforcement (2007), Child Abductions: Prevention, Investigation, and Recovery (2008). He holds undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Indiana University, and he attended graduate school at the University of Wisconsin.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Moment Chapter 2 History of Women in Policing, 1845-1968 Chapter 3 Motivations Chapter 4 Car 47 Chapter 5 Reaction to the Advancement of Policewomen Chapter 6 Heroines in the Struggle for Equality Chapter 7 Policewomen After Car 47 Chapter 8 Strain on Relationships Chapter 9 The Supreme Sacrifice Chapter 10 Women in Other Public Safety Jobs Chapter 11 Policewomen Today and Tomorrow 12 Some Final Thoughts 13 Appendix 14 Bibliography

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  • Posted February 25, 2012

    Not my cup of tea, but interesting.

    This book is very informative and straightforward. The history of Police Women is sequenced chronologically, making it easy to follow and understand. Robert Snow does an excellent job of demonstrating the hardship women faced while pursuing an unorthodox career, all while backing it up with public articles and written protests from that era. While it is very informative and full of issues still relevant to life today, it is also extremely dry. If you are seeking a thrilling, roller-coaster ride of a book describing Police Women's every day life and struggles, this is not the book for you. However, it did help me tremendously with my project when cold hard facts were what I was seeking to acquire.

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