A Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People 2017
They were called sleuths in skirts, guardian mothers, copettes, and police in petticoats. It would be a long time—well over 150 years—before women in law enforcement were known simply as police officers.
Balancing the stories of trailblazers from the past with those of today’s dedicated officers, chiefs, FBI agents, and forensics experts, this collection of riveting biographies traces the evolution of women in policing. Women in Blue inspires readers to value those who broke through barriers—often enduring ridicule and discrimination as they fought for equality—while original interviews shed light on the daily challenges, rewards, and life on the job of various women currently in the trenches of law enforcement. The chronological progression puts hot-button issues like police brutality, race relations, and the treatment of suspects and prisoners into historic context and shows how many women in law enforcement are working to challenge and improve their field.
This rich, authoritative history is packed with colorful anecdotes, excerpts from primary sources, and sidebars on related topics and includes photos, a bibliography, source notes, and a list of organizations interested teens can explore to learn more about the world of law enforcement, making it an indispensable resource for aspiring sleuths, officers, agents, crime scene investigators, and more.
About the Author
Cheryl Mullenbach is the author of The Industrial Revolution for Kids, winner of the 2015 International Literacy Association Award for Intermediate Nonfiction, The Great Depression for Kids, and Double Victory. She is a former history teacher, librarian, public television project manager, and social studies consultant. She lives in Panora, IA.
“Mullenbach does a wonderful job of giving the big picture, while at the same time telling the stories of lesser-known individuals who younger readers will find especially relevant. She pulls no punches, revealing the hard times as well as the good things that came out of the era.” —Nonfiction Monday on The Industrial Revolution for Kids
“Young women considering careers in law enforcement will be empowered by the women profiled here.” —Booklist
“Cheryl Mullenbach reveals the stories our parents and grandparents were too humble to tell. Read this book and, no matter how much you think you know, you will learn something new.” —Sherri L. Smith, author, Flygirl, on Double Victory
“Women in Blue demonstrates the value that women bring to the law enforcement profession and how they are changing the culture of policing through communication, collaboration, and treating people with dignity and respect. Even if you are not considering a law enforcement career, you should read Women in Blue to learn how women successfully navigate a male-dominated profession.” —Catherine Sanz, executive director, Women in Federal Law Enforcement Inc.
“Mullenbach offers frank and honest stories of the personal sacrifices made by these women as they achieved their professional goals.” —School Library Journal
“A suitable introduction to the field of law enforcement with a salutary, rarely seen focus.” —Kirkus Reviews
“An enlightening examination of a little-explored subject, offering both a historical resource and current insights into the profession.” —Publishers Weekly
“This title would be useful for teens, educators, and librarians seeking to promote nonfiction, as well as possible career opportunities for young women.” —VOYA