National Police Woman Day
annually on September 12th
National Police Woman Day is dedicated to all police officers that are women. The first police woman in the United States was most likely Marie Owens, who was hired by the Chicago Police Department in 1891. Although police matrons had worked in prisons in New York City prior to this, they did not have the authority to arrest as Owens did. Alice Wells was hired by the Los Angeles police department in 1910, and was the first American-born female police officer in the United States, as Owens had been born in Canada. Today roughly ten percent of the police force in the United States is women.
How to Observe
The day should be spent by honoring women in the police force. Use the day to thank a police woman for their service to your community. The day can also be spent raising awareness for the progress that still must be made for women to have a more equal role in law enforcement. Explore the website for the International Association of Women Police, a group that works for a stronger role for women in law enforcement.