Appointment of Policewomen, 1918


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Appointment of Policewomen, 1918

Photograph: New York Police Department appointment of policewomen, 1918. 2008.33.1. Collection of the National Law Enforcement Museum, Washington, DC.

1918: By the end of World War I, there were policewomen in more than 200 U.S. cities.

Six women were appointed to the New York Police Department in August 1918 (pictured).

“The new police women will wear blue uniforms and be equipped with revolvers, handcuffs and 'billies.' Fifth Deputy Police Commissioner Mrs. Ellen O'Grady will be in direct command over them.”

—“Six Police Women Appointed by Enright,” Evening World, August 15, 1918.