1909: Imagining what a policewoman would look like, before there were any




The only available information about these pictures is the description in the Library of Congress:

“The woman ‘Cop’ (a dream). A Suffragette posed to illustrate the woman police concept – Cincinnati.”

Yet, as odd as it may appear, it may be possible to take them at face value. In 1910, only 12 months after these pictures were taken, a thirty-seven-year-old Alice Stebbins Wells became the first female police officer in the United States, joining the Los Angeles Police Department

Six years later, Wells was appointed inaugural president of the International Association of Women Police. Read more…

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