National Police Woman Day
On National Police Woman Day, show honor and respect for the women who serve and protect their communities.
New York City employed police officers to search and guard female prisoners in 1850s. However, this was only a small part of their duties and they were not authorized by law enforcement.
Marie Owens is believed to have been the first woman police officer in the United States. Owens was a Chicago police officer in 1891. This was nearly thirty years before women were allowed to vote in the United States. She was promoted to Sergeant and was an expert in the enforcement of child labor and welfare laws.
1910 saw the appointment of Alice Wells as a Los Angeles policewoman. Wells, a social worker and college graduate, was a pioneer in the fight to make it easier for women to be included in police departments across the United States.
Over the last century, women have been a growing part of law enforcement. Women are now playing a crucial role in law enforcement in America and around the globe. Although the US police have seen a rise in women officers from 3% to 13% over the past few years, gender equality is still far away.
Police officers of all genders can be honored and paid special attention to on National Law Enforcement Day and National Police Week in January. National Police Woman Day, however, is dedicated to law enforcement women who risk their lives every day to protect their communities.
National Police Woman Day was created to recognize and celebrate the contributions of female police officers.
Celebrate National Police Woman Day in many ways that honors and respects the women who protect and serve. These are some ideas to help you celebrate National Police Woman Day.
People who have a female police officer in their lives should simply say ‘thanks’. It’s a good idea to take the time to show them that you appreciate their efforts and to let them know how appreciated they are. Send them a card, a gift, or take them to lunch to show them how much they are valued.
Participating in local events and fundraisers, as well as getting educated about the importance of women in law enforcement, are all great ways to support National Police Woman Day. Make an event, join one, or donate to women in law enforcement.