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 officer. The potential for enduring change in the field of policing is growing as women continue to make strides in achieving high ranks, breaking down assignments barriers, and ensuring just opportunities for future generations of female police officers. Despite the struggles that women face to survive in the "all-boys club" of policing, women not only survive, most thrive in this almost exclusively male occupation.
About the Author
Cara Rabe-Hemp, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Criminal Sciences at Illinois State University. Rabe-Hemp is dedicated to increasing the participation of women interested in careers in CJS and co-sponsored the creation of Breaking Barriers, which was awarded the University's Diversity Advocacy Award in 2010. Throughout her professional career she has examined how gender affects officers' opportunities and experiences in the field of policing. She has been actively engaged with organizations which support women in law enforcement agencies, including the National Association of Women Executives in Law Enforcement, the National Association of Women and Police, and the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Executive Institute's Conference on Women in Criminal Justice. Rabe-Hemp has published extensively in the area of women in law enforcement, with work appearing the top criminology/criminal justice journals, including Police Quarterly, Feminist Criminology, Journal of Criminal Justice, and Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management. In 2010, Cara was awarded the University Research Initiative Award, in 2014, she was inducted into the College of Applied Sciences and Technology Academy of Achievement, and in 2016 she was awarded the College of Applied Sciences and Technology Outstanding Researcher Award. In 2013, she was one of six women invited to a panel to discuss, "Contemporary Issues in Policing Research" at the American Society of Criminology Meeting.