Part Two of The Current
First Ladies of the RCMP - The history of women in the force
It's a good thing the crime rate is falling because the new boss of the RCMP has plenty of things to worry about: low morale, allegations of systemic sexual harassment and the force's tarnished reputation. Cynics believe the problems are so entrenched, they're beyond the new commissioner's abilities to fix. There was a time, not so long ago, when nothing seemed too difficult for the men in red serge.
Still, the men of the mounties were eventually to meet the feminists of the 60s and things had to change. But they took their sweet time. The Mounties were one of the last police forces in the world to welcome female officers. So the 32 women inducted into the force in 1974 were Game Changers of the first rank.
Vancouver CBC producer, Yvonne Gall's documentary is called First Ladies of the RCMP.
Jane Hall who is featured in this documentary has a book called: The Red Wall: A Woman in the RCMP, published by General Store Publishing House.
Other segments from today's show: