Study Questions

Consider the following questions to check your understanding.

  1. What are the benefits of a more gender diverse criminal justice workforce – why should we employ more women?
  2. In what ways is the police service gendered at structural, cultural and individual levels?
  3. Why are there so few senior policewomen?
  4. Critically discuss the barriers to progression that women working in the legal profession experience.
  5. Outline the problems with adopting the principle of ‘merit’ to the selection of judges.
  6. Outline the possible impact of having social control reside in the hands and minds of men.
  7. Are there any rational reasons why the ratio between women and men working in the criminal justice system should not be 50:50?
  8. Critically discuss the problems with recruiting more women on the grounds that they bring something ‘different’ to the work of criminal justice.