Being a women inthe criminal justice field can be difficult. There are many stereotypes ofwomen and it can be difficult for many people to see past these. In 1909, AliceStebbins Wells petitioned the Mayor of Los Angeles in an attempt torequest that women should be allowed to be sworn law enforcement officers. InSeptember, 1910, the ordinance was passed and Wells was the nations firstfemale police officer. This was a significant step for women as women havehistorically been seen as homemakers. Although, females were hired to be”matrons” in jails and prisons prior to Wells being appointed the firstfemale police officer, they were only given this position as it was believedthat these matrons would be able to look after female inmates and could meetfemale inmates “special needs.”
Despite Wellsbecoming a sworn police officer with a badge, she still experienced issues withsexism. She was treated differently then her male counterparts. Police officerswere provided with the luxury of free trolley rides, however, when Wellsattempted to use this luxury, she was turned away and accused of stealing herhusbands badge to get the free service. Although throughout her career she wasoften assigned to more security type duties, she was still successful with thetasks she was given and she soon became a great advocate for women wanting toenter the criminal justice field. She served many roles throughout her careerto include the president of the Women’s Peace Officers Association as well asthe LAPD Historian. She ended her career with her retirement in 1940 (Laureate Education, Inc., 2011).
Unfortunately,females in the criminal justice field still experience some of thediscriminations that Wells did in the early 1900’s, however it is less commonthen it used to be. Female law enforcement officers may not always be treatedequally by citizens that they serve, but the treatment within law enforcementagencies has come a long way. Women now have the ability to serve in all lawenforcement agencies whether it is local, state or federal. They are able toperform all of the same duties as male officers are to include serving onspecialty units (SWAT, Narcotics, etc.) and they have equal opportunity forpromotion. History tends to suggest that women are more “childlike ratherthan adult like” (Collective, C. J.,& Jones, L. C., 2009). Women have generally been looked at very passiveinstead of being able to stand up for themselves in situations which may beconsidered “aggressive.” After several years of working towardsequality, women are treated more equally now than ever before. As aprofessional in the criminal justice field, I still come across maleprofessionals who still do not believe that women should be in law enforcement.This experience has been few and far between and hopefully it will stay thatway.
Collective, C. J., & Jones, L. C. (2009).Investigatingdifference: Human and cultural relations in criminal justice (2nd ed.). NJ:Prentice Hall.
o Chapter 11, “Women’s Difference in the Criminal JusticeSystem: Constructions of Victims, Offenders, and Workers”
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