Vancouver’s Women in Blue is a chronicle of the names and histories of women who served in the Vancouver Police Department; from the first appointment of a woman to the VPD in 1904—who was hired to provide care for female prisoners—to 1975 when Canadian laws mandated gender equality for recruiting and hiring standards. Although many challenges remained for women serving in the VPD, the new law saw the end to the department’s Women’s Division and set the course for women to serve as fully operational police officers. Carolyn Daley, who spent 28 years in the force and reached the level of Deputy Chief Constable, reveals many of the gender-based double standards that women in the VPD often faced and takes readers through the historical transformation of the VPD into a more gender-friendly era.
Carolyn Daley’s work on creating this book is featured in a interview as well as the cover photo in the Federation of British Columbia Writers’ WordWorks magazine (2021, Volume I), and the book’s cover is included in the cover image of issue 2021, Volume II.
Kato Design and Photo’s brief for this project included the cover and title page.
Published by Ruddy Duck Press
8.5 × 11 inches, 286 pages including many photos throughout.