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A Girl in Blue: Memoirs of a Metropolitan Woman Police Officer 1967-73

by Lois Willoughby-Easter

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The role of female officers serving with the Metropolitan Police changed forever in 1973 with the so-called integration with their male counterparts; the WPC became a PC, equal in every way except gender. The move was not universally welcomed, however, and not just by male officers. This book tells the story of Lois Willoughby-Easter's almost six years as a Girl in Blue - a young female police officer serving with the Met in the years immediately before integration. It is a story probably typical of many WPCs who served in the late Sixties and early Seventies, facing what would be seen today as sexism and bullying, and eventually earning the respect of their male peers, albeit sometimes begrudgingly.