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Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vol.2, No.3, May 2016, Pub. Date: May 27, 2016
Women in Modern Policing
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Authors
[01] Taylor M. Graue, Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA, USA.
[02] Rachel E. Hildie, Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA, USA.
[03] Georgie Ann Weatherby, Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA, USA.
Abstract
How and why does the American institution of policing remain masculinist? What does this mean for women who enter the field and for the field as a whole? Is there something that sets apart women who have “broken the brass ceiling” from other women who have not? This study interprets the experiences of 8 female police officers from a large department in a mid-sized city in the Northwest United States, and uses pre-existing data on women in policing to bolster findings. Officers were interviewed in early 2015. The data obtained reveal that the gender gap in policing continues to be significant, and narrowing of this gap is negligible in last decade. Women in policing face obstacles that men do not, such as the effects of labeling and sexual harassment, but the data suggest that these women choose not to advance their careers because of structural family expectations and norms.
Keywords
Women, Policing, Labeling Theory, Conflict Theory, Brass Ceiling
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