1970s: Policework Opportunities Significantly Increased for Women

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Women in Law Enforcement Timeline

1970s: Policework Opportunities Significantly Increased for Women


Photograph: Police woman standing in desert next to Highway Patrol car, ca. 1970s. 2010.42.13. Collection of the National Law Enforcement Museum, Washington, DC.

1972: The 1972 amendment to Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act empowered the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to enforce antidiscrimination laws that applied to State and local government agencies (including police departments), providing legal support for the demands policewomen had been expressing for many years.

1977: The Interagency Committee on Women in Federal Law Enforcement, ICWIFLE, was created to recruit and retain more women in federal law enforcement.