Criminal Justice jobs allow women to get involved with the justice system of their worlds. Women can be involved in the Sheriff’s Department, in the City Police or even in the FBI. Today, there are women who are working as Prosecutors, Parole Officers, Crime Analysts and Security Fraud Analysts.
A look at several women in different criminal justice jobs is perhaps the best way to demonstrate that a female is ready to take on just about any criminal justice job. These women of course possess personal traits. Some are family oriented while some are not for example. However, responsibilities outside their worlds of justice do not seem to impact their work at all.
Firstly, let us talk about someone who was selected by President Barack Obama for one of the highest positions in the courtroom. Sonia Sotomayor is the first Hispanic Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Sotomayor has served in various criminal justice jobs throughout her career. She was an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office.
She worked in the US District Court for six years between 1992 and 1998 and then served as a judge in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit until 2009, when President Obama granted Sotomayor her current illustrious position.
Judge Sotomayor does not currently have a family to tend to. This does not however mean that a lady with a family cannot serve excellently in a criminal justice position.
Julie Bower began her career as a law enforcement officer. She has worked her way up the ladder and is currently a detective. Bower is currently head of the missing persons unit at the Broward Sheriff’s office. She helps solve one of the crimes which tend to go unnoticed too often, sex crimes. She comes home to three boys in Boca Raton Florida. Detective Bower can obviously do it all!
Women who take the top jobs must protect the rights of their own of course. The next lady focuses on high profile cases and has a love for those involving women’s rights.
Gloria Allred perhaps did not quite have a career in law enforcement in her mind when she entered college. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English. Allred then worked on a graduate degree in law while she was teaching. She defended Nicole Brown Simpson against O.J Simpson famously. Allred represented a teenager who had been beaten by eight Florida teenagers. The teenagers had filmed their gruesome acts.
If the teenagers’ acts are considered gruesome, think about gang crimes. Gang crimes are a huge part of America. A woman who is prepared to stand up to these crimes by representing the victims is surely a strong one.
Kamala Harris’ main focus is on fighting gang crimes. She also wants to reform the current prison system. Harris is the 32nd Attorney General of California. She also has a softer side to her; she looks to protect the state’s natural resources. Harris has broken many barriers to get to her current position. She is the first African American and Indian American Attorney General in America.
After looking at the list, one must ask the question: are there any criminal justice jobs women can’t do? Women are handing out justice everyday; considering the wonderful jobs they are doing, long may this continue!