Women as Police Officers: Too Weak for the Job?
by BeckyGay1 on October 14, 2016 - 1:50pm
This year has seen its fair share of controversy and hate. Gender equality is a topic that keeps coming up and seems to center on women most of the time. More specifically, society tends to see women as generally weaker and more fragile than men. Women are even discriminated in the work place. A woman, who works at the same place and does the same job as a man, will be payed less than the man despite the fact that both of them have the same job. Women are also seen as easy targets for sexual harassment in the work place. However another controversial question is; are women tough enough to do the job of a police officer?
Some could say that the work of a police officer is one of the most stressful jobs in the world as officers never know what they will encounter in their day. However, women officers can face many other forms of stress that male officers don’t generally face. Numerous women have described being ignored, bullied, and sexually harassed while working as a police officer. Some female officers have even advised those women who want to become police officers to work harder than the men in training. This is probably so they don’t seem weak. Women actually have to prove themselves to their male colleagues so they won’t get harassed. Male officers in contrast don’t have to prove themselves and seem to always be accepted. Male officers view the women officers as weak and stupid and they know they can take advantage of then because males outnumber females both in the work place and the world.
Women can be just as good police officers as men; it is just that society as a whole tends to look down on women. We also tend to associate certain jobs with certain genders. For example, football is thought of as a male only sport and ballet is thought of as a female only sport. It is the way we view women that causes their job as a police officer to be stressful. It is important that the children of our future learn that all people; no matter their race, religion, or gender, are equal. If children grow up thinking women are not good enough, then the problem will only continue. Maybe someday, women will be seen as equal to everyone else.