The evolution of women in American law enforcement
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The evolution of women in American law enfrocement
In 1845 women began working as matrons in New York City's jails
In the late 19th century many police departments hired widows of police officers as a way to give them a "death benefit".
In 1910, Los Angeles Police Department swore in Alice Wells as the country's first "policewomen" with badge #1.
Around 1910-1940's competition for jobs increased between men and women.
I'll get the job
This job will be mine
In 1968, Elizabeth Robinson and Betty Blankenship were the first female patrol officers who were assigned responsibility for car 47.
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