The first policewomen were established during the Great War, but with no powers of arrest; the first women lawyers did not practise until the early twentieth century, and despite the fact that women worked as matrons in Victorian prisons, there were few professional women working as prison officers until the 1920s. The Justice Women traces the social history of the women working in courts, prisons and police forces up to the 1970s. Their history includes the stories of the first barristers, but also the less well-known figures such as women working in probation and in law courts.
Stephen Wade is a professional writer specializing in the history of crime and the law in Britain and Ireland, family heritage and nineteenth-century history. A former teacher, university lecturer and writer in residence in prisons, he has written more than twenty books for Pen and Sword, including Notorious Prisons of the World, Air Raid Shelters of the Second World War, and Tracing Your Legal Ancestors, as well as seven titles in the Foul Deeds series. Other recent books include The Girl Who Lived on Air (Seren, 2014), A Thief in the Night and Other Adventures of the Septimus Society (The Mystery Press, 2014), and Conan Doyle and the Crimes Club (Fonthill, 2012). Find more details about his work at www.stephen.wade.com.