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A Different Shade of Blue by Adam Eisenberg
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Sep 22, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: nonfiction

The Seattle policewoman still faces sexism everyday. She's used to it. It's all part of the job. That's one of the big takeaways from Eisenberg's interviews with and research of women who served (and currently serve) on the Seattle police force. This book delves into the world of women police from the early 1900s to the present day. The evolution of the policewoman uniform is particularly fascinating. Pants were not allowed until the 1960's. Prior to that, it was high heels, a skirt, a perky hat, and a special purse that was designed to hold cuffs and a small pistol.

Policewomen were initially confined to duties, cases, or crimes that involved women and children. Part of this was due to the fact that the male officers could not (or didn't want to) handle such cases.

The stories of the individual officers are powerful, sad, shocking, and thought-provoking. I highly recommend this for people who like cop shows or police procedural novels.

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