Top Cops: Profiles of Women in Command
AN INDISPENSABLE RESOURCE FOR SCHOLARS AND THE LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY. Janet Napolitano, Former Governor of Arizona
Leading women in law enforcement shared their experiences and achievements — and how they used their skills, dedication, and much-needed sense of humor, to break through the barriers to achieve command positions. TOP COPS also includes a historical overview of women in law enforcement, and data on women in policing from the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the National Center for Women & Policing. Certainly not every woman wants, nor is she qualified, to serve in law enforcement. But educational programs that eliminate stereotypes and support women's entry into and success in policing must be encouraged if we are to help all our citizens make wise career and life choices. Then, and only then, will more women see themselves as career officers.
"I wrote TOP COPS to present diverse and intimate portraits of trailblazing women in police departments from around the country who shattered the glass ceiling of law enforcement to reach command positions. I hope their experiences help other women who may be considering policing as a career - as well as support the women police officers who serve so bravely in all ranks in law enforcement departments throughout the country. I also hope to encourage more women officers to take on a mentoring role: individually in their departments, through community activities, and by their participation in local and national organizations. By increasing the visibility of women in policing, we can eliminate stereotypes and misperceptions of women in law enforcement at all levels, educate the public, and encourage more women in law enforcement to seek command positions." Marion E. Gold
"Gold provides an indispensable resource for both scholars and members of the law enforcement community...particularly those of us in leadership positions."
U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, and Former Governor of Arizona
"Their stories serve as an inspiration to young women across America who have every right to believe they can pursue any career and rise to any challenge..." Governor George Pataki, New York
"Worth reading...These profiles should banish forever the Cagney & Lacey image...for women in the police force ..." The Chicago Tribune
"Excellent text for a course on women's history...Also would be beneficial to current female police officers as they try to define their roles as mentors." National Women's Studies Association Journal, Spring 2001
"An inspiring book ..." NY COP Online Magazine
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Marion has spoken on a variety of topics - From the 'Status of Women in Law Enforcement," to the "Problems of Tobacco Use by Young Women," to "Trafficking of Women from Eastern Europe to the United States," to "How Volunteerism is Good for Business." She was a featured speaker and panel moderator for the annual meetings of the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives, the National Center for Women & Policing, and Women in Federal Law Enforcement. She also was a guest speaker at a variety of other events, including the 17th Annual Graduate Women in Business conference at the JL Kellogg Graduate School of Management, the Arizona Women's Town Hall, Arizona Press Women, the Women's Network Exchange of Arizona, the Arizona Women Lawyers Association, the Illinois Woman's Press Association, and at several programs by invitation of the State of Arizona Governor's Division for Women. She was also honored in both Phoenix and Chicago to give the welcoming address on two occasions to immigrants from around the world who - after years of hard work and dedication - achieved United States Citizenship.
She also served on a variety of distinguished Boards:
· Arizona Women's Town Hall
· National Association of Women Business Owners, Phoenix Metropolitan Chapter
· Board of Judges for THE GLOBALS International Competition in Healthcare Communications sponsored by The New York Festivals
· Advisory Board of the National Women's History Museum (Washington, DC)
· Soroptimist International of the Americas (Chicago & Phoenix Affiliates)
· Public Policy Council of the National Association for Female Executives
· Past President of the Illinois Woman's Press Association and Vice President of Arizona Press Women
During her career in communications, Marion achieved many honors - among them:
· Communicator of Achievement awarded by the Illinois Woman's Press Association
· Athena Award for Excellence in Mentoring awarded by Mentor & Protege Newsletter
· Working Woman magazine featured Marion as an entrepreneur with GUTS
· Featured in the Soroptimist of the Americas magazine
· Named by Today's Chicago Woman to their list of 100 Women Making a Difference
Her articles on marketing, diversity, career planning and women in the workforce have appeared in marketing trade journals, and national newspapers and magazines - including Advertising Age, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Arizona Republic and the Business Journal of Phoenix. In addition to "TOP COPS," she is the author of "Personal Publicity Planner: A Guide to Marketing YOU." She is also co-author of "SKIRTING TRADITIONS: Arizona Women Writers & Journalists 1912-2012." Her two bylined chapters profile Arizona writers Jana Bommersbach - a nationally acclaimed investigative journalist and book author, and Pam Stevenson - one of Arizona’s first on-screen television producer/writers and a video journalist. The book includes biographies of twenty-eight female writers and journalists from Arizona spanning the one hundred years since Arizona became the forty-eighth state in the Union. Skirting Traditions was named by the Arizona Historical Advisory Committee as an official Arizona Legacy Project, and part of Arizona's official 2012 Centennial celebration. Marion's essay on "The Heart and Soul of Communications" is published in the centennial "Anthology" of the Illinois Woman's Press Association, an affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women.