ABOUT PENNY E. HARRINGTON
PENNY HARRINGTON is the first woman in America to break through the bulletproof glass ceiling and achieve the rank of Chief of a major metropolitan police force. She is regarded by some as a maverick who challenged the system — and by others as a celebrity. She faced discrimination and harassment, personal tragedies and triumphs as she battled a system that is still male-dominated. In her revealing autobiography, Harrington describes with great candor her 23 years in law enforcement, up to and including her promotion to Chief of the Portland Police Bureau in Oregon — and why she left her hard-won position following a scandal and rumors that rocked Portland and were covered in newspapers around the country. She chaired the Advisory Board of the National Center for Women & Policing, an organization she founded in 1995 as a division of the Feminist Majority Foundation. She is an internationally recognized consultant on women in the workplace, and counsels a variety of companies and public agencies on issues of discrimination in the workplace. She was Ms. Magazine's Woman of the Year, inducted into the International Association of Women Police Hall of Fame, and named by Harvard Law School as one of the ten most influential women in law. She has worked for the California State Bar as a Special Assistant to the Director of Investigations, and served on the Los Angeles Police Commission Gender Equity Taskforce. She also was named to the Webster Commission which was established after the 1992 Los Angeles riots, and was co-chair of the Women's Advisory Council to the Los Angeles Police Department.
"PENNY'S FIGHT AGAINST PREJUDICE AND DISCRIMINATION IS MUST READING."
Dorothy Moses Schulz, John Jay College, New York
"Penny illustrates how one woman's spirit can triumph over the toughest of 'ole' boys clubs." Eleanor Smeal, President, Feminist Majority Foundation
"Beneficial for courses such as Women in the Criminal Justice System and Introduction to Women's Studies." National Women's Studies Association Journal, Spring 2001
"An explosive look at American policing. This gutsy, often hilarious book really packs a punch." Connie Fletcher, PhD, Associate Professor of Communications, Loyola University, Chicago and Author of What Cops Know and Breaking and Entering
"...Penny's fight against prejudice and discrimination is must reading...." Dorothy Moses Schulz, Police Historian and Associate Professor, John Jay College, New York, and Author of From Social Worker to Crimefighter: Women in United States Municipal Policing