This article from Universum Quarterly Journal and written by Fred Cohn, shows how employers must make gender diversity a company-wide, top-down goal in order for it to truly succeed. Recruiters need to make a special effort to reach out to the under-represented sex, whether it's male or female, with targeted outreach materials and a recruiting process free of bias. Throughout the article, Executive Director Donna Milgram offers suggestions on how to bring about gender diversity in the workplace. (Spring 2010)
This article, written by Carol Moore for Law & Order Magazine, describes the challenges and responsibilities law enforcement agencies face when formulating and implementing policies regarding pregnant female police offices. In the article, IWITTS Executive Director Donna Milgram offers her view on what causes some departments to treat pregnant officers unfairly, and how this can be rectified. (September 2003)
Written by Rebecca Kanable, this article, published in Law Enforcement Technology Magazine, explains how one size doesn't fit all, especially when it comes to women police offers and uniforms. In the article, IWITTS Executive Director Donna Milgram discusses a survey IWITTS conducted on police uniforms and equipment which showed a sizable number of female officers having issues with improper fit, and offers solutions for addressing the problem. (February 2005)
This project provided intensive customized technical assistance to eight employers and unions on the recruitment integration and retention of women in traditionally male-dominated careers, with an emphasis on Latinas. Employers ranged from police and fire departments to a cable company. IWITTS collaborated with the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and two NCLR affiliates -- Chicanos Por La Causa in Tucson, Arizona and Youth Development, Inc. in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Funding for the 18-month demonstration project was provided through the United States Department of Labor, Women's Bureau, and the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training.
This article, written by Rebecca Stone and published in Police: The Law Enforcement Magazine, reviews the history of the duty belt worn by so many officers. The belt, commonly known as the Sam Browne (for British General Sir Samuel Browne (1824-1901), creates ergonomic and fit challenges for some officers, with special concerns for women. Get tips and recommendations for overcoming these challenges. (Nov 2000)
Also check out Women Cops: Positioning Yourself for Promotion: A step-by-step guide for getting promoted up the ranks by retired Police Chief Karin Montejo, PhD.
This fact sheet, based on successful strategies used by the Albuquerque and Tucson Police Departments to increase female and minority recruits, is chock full of practical strategies you can implement in your Department today.
Joseph Polisar, former Police Chief, Albuquerque, NM, and IWITTS Executive Director Donna Milgram discuss the results of the Albuquerque Police Department's participation in the "New Workplace for Women Project," funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, and directed by Ms Milgram. The goal of the Project was to involve both female and male officers in an attempt to dissolve the barriers that confront women in policing. In less than two years, the APD showed marked success in both recruiting female officers and creating a supportive work environment for them. Find out the strategies used to bring about this change. (October 1998)