Cressida Dick Named First Female Head of U.K.'s Metropolitan Police
February 28, 2017: Cressida Dick is to become the first female head of the Metropolitan police, completing a remarkable career comeback by vowing to reform Britain’s largest police force. Dick’s appointment means five of the top posts in the criminal justice system in England and Wales are now held by women. Lynne Owens is director general of the National Crime Agency. The other women leading the justice system include Alison Saunders at the Crown Prosecution Service, Home Secretary Amber Rudd, and Sara Thornton, chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council. Read the article: Cressida Dick Appointed First Female Met Police Commissioner (The Guardian, theguardian.com) See also: Ms. Dick's 2014 video presentation on counter terrorism made during her term as head of Specialist Operations at the Metropolitan Police: Counter Terrorism Policing- Past, Present and Future (www.rusi.org)
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Sarah Zorn Finishes Tenure as First Female Commander at U.S. Military Academy, the Citadel
May 20, 2019: The Citadel, the military academy which was forced to admit women after a 1995 Supreme Court ruling, selected it's first female regimental commander last year. Sarah Zorn's time as the first woman to lead 2,400 cadets is documented in a photo essay by Alyssa Schukar. Women now make up 10% of the student body.See more: I Serve as a Stepping Stone (nytimes.com)
A Cultural Shift Is Helping Keep Talented Mothers in the U.S. Navy
May 15, 2019: Lt. Cmdr. Karen Sankes-Ritland never imagined life outside the military.But more than a decade into her career, the strains of family life and a dual-military household were taking a toll. Something had to change. She needed a break. But she didn't want to leave the Navy. So after her fourth child's arrival in 2016, she took advantage of a program that lets enlisted sailors and officers take a sabbatical. For a year, she was a stay-at-home mom.
Blue Helmets: Model for Global Partnership
May 13, 2019: Retno LP Marsudi, Foreign Minister of Indonesia, delivered a speech touching upon the importance of female peacekeepers on May 7 at the United Nations Security Council. Minister Marsudi noted that "investing in women equals investing in peace. Female peacekeepers are more effective in winning the hearts and minds of local populations;providing comfort for those traumatized by conflicts.