Women in Law Enforcement

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Executive Summary / Abstract Qualitative research methods are used to examine the perceptions of women police regarding their career opportunities and trajectories, and their experiences with regard to the culture, practices, and policies of policing. Purposive sampling was used to identify and recruit a representative number of policewomen as study participants. Subjects completed surveys and participated in in-depth interviews. Data was analyzed through the use of constant comparative procedures, with member checks and interrater reliability scores obtained to ensure trustworthiness of the data. Key words: policewomen, gender inequality, Title VII, law enforcement Introduction Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, bestowed on women the right to enter the market place in occupations ordinarily earmarked for men. However, they have yet to obtain and secure equal opportunities in the field of law enforcement. "While these changes in law and policy appeared to be advancements for women-and indeed provided them with 'paper equality' in reality Title VII did not bring about much advancement for women or minorities in law enforcement" (Brown, 2000). Indeed, times have changed and there has been an increase of women in law enforcement; however, the percentage of women in law enforcement and the percentage of women experiencing career advancement have remained steady for nearly 60 years. Not until the 1960's, when legislation and judicial involvement began to
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