The website above illustrates facts of women in law enforcement. New York City was the first city in the United States to hire female law enforcement officers; however, the role that they had to fulfill then was vastly different from the role that they fill today. Their role was being a “matron” with the department which limited their work role. in the 20th Century, they made up 2% of all law enforcement officers. Today, women now are 12% of all law enforcement officers.
So why is it that women are still scarce within police departments? They are now able to perform all duties that are required for males on the force, but they are looked at in a different way while performing them. They are pushed harder in training and held at higher standards than their male colleagues. So even though women are now allowed to be police officers and work within the department, there is still gender bias.
With this (^) link above, this article illustrates the problems associated that women face going into law enforcement. Gender bias, sexual harassment, intimidation from peers, over aggressive assholes that they meet while on the job, and the lack of proper mentors in the department to help them move as quickly up in rank as their male colleagues. The number of women in law enforcement as actually declining. I’m wondering if this is because people underestimate women more in this profession and give them a harder time. There are a lot of people who still believe that women shouldn’t be allowed to perform certain duties that are “only for men.”
Are women in law enforcement a hindering step back, or a slow ascend for new ideas, strengths, and deterrence?