Women in Law Enforcement with Chief Schenita Stewart of the Evanston Police Department Saturday, April 22 – 10am via zoom
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Chief Stewart will discuss her personal experience as a woman leader in the police department. Policing is often considered a male profession but is seeing more women in the ranks as well as in positions of command. She will discuss her own experiences, positive and negative. She will provide us a glimpse of what women face joining law enforcement and how more women officers may change the profession.
Chief Schenita Stewart made Evanston history as the first permanent female police chief leading the department. She wants to increase transparency, increase training, and rebuild trust and community engagement. “Dealing with staffing. Dealing with morale and dealing with the partnership with the community is what’s most important. Getting back to building that partnership and building that trust back with the community,” she said.
She says that her grandfather and her mother have been the biggest support in her 23-year career in law enforcement. “My mom is my best friend. She’s my biggest motivator. I couldn’t ask for a better mother. I don’t want to get emotional, but she’s absolutely wonderful.”
Stewart grew up in Evanston and graduated from Evanston Township High School. She brings 23 years of law enforcement experience to Evanston, including 15 years in police leadership roles. She holds a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Chicago State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Illinois State University. She is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command and Executive Management Program.
The Beginning of Biases
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Even in the elementary school years, girls face barriers that ultimately hinder their achievement, particularly in math and science. These barriers are reinforced throughout middle and high school. As a result, when they enter college, women gravitate toward college majors that prepare them for lower-paying fields, and away from the STEM fields that lead to higher paying jobs. And although women have surpassed men in earning degrees, research shows that women are disproportionally represented in 6 of the 10 lowest-paying college majors, while 9 of the 10 highest-paying majors (all in the STEM fields) are dominated by men.
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