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The Justice Women (ePub)

The Female Presence in the Criminal Justice System 1800-1970

P&S History > British History > Victorian History P&S History > By Century > 20th Century Women of History

By Stephen Wade
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
File Size: 17.1 MB (.epub)
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9781473870697
Published: 26th October 2015


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The first policewomen were established during the Great War, but with no powers of arrest; the first women lawyers did not practise until the early twentieth century, and despite the fact that women worked as matrons in Victorian prisons, there were few professional women working as prison officers until the 1920s. The Justice Women traces the social history of the women working in courts, prisons and police forces up to the 1970s. Their history includes the stories of the first barristers, but also the less well-known figures such as women working in probation and in law courts.

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Essex Journal

'… an encouraging read, with accounts of clear-headed determination rightly breaking closed circles that had excluded women in the legal professions.'

Lincolnshire Life Magazine

This is a small easy to read book of interest to the casual reader of police history but it covers such a wide field of the evolution of the professional woman that 149 pages are too few for the task of exploring the long struggle for equality particularly when the book covers 1800-1970 just when certainly in the police, women were becoming an accepted part of the team, or at least some teams!

Surrey Constabulary History Journal

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Police History Society Newsletter

An interesting history of the criminal justice system, and the place of women in it.

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 Stephen Wade

About Stephen Wade

Stephen Wade is a freelance writer specializing in the history of crime and the law in Britain and Ireland. He has written fourteen true crime and crime history books, including Tracing Your Police Ancestors and Tracing Your Criminal Ancestors. His history of detectives, Plain Clothes and Sleuths, was published in 2007 and he is currently completing a history of the City of London Police. He also teaches crime history at the University of Hull and, as a visiting lecturer, at Oxford. He has contributed to Family Tree Magazine, Ancestors and other periodicals.

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