What barriers do women in law enforcement face, and what are the most effective ways to combat them within the existing institutional structures?


by : 
Anna W.


Despite the uphill climb of female representation in law enforcement, women only make up 13.3 percent of the force. Law enforcement is vital as it collectively deals with people of all races, genders, and ages. Its staff should reflect the demographic it serves to work towards unbiased law enforcement. Unfortunately, discrimination and barriers for women in law enforcement remain prevalent. Studies show that women often feel discriminated against in the law enforcement field. This problem has negatively impacted many women who are or want to be a part of U.S. law enforcement because they are often underestimated or affected by the barriers placed before them because of their gender identities. This research project will provide evidence of women's discrimination and why.