Inspiring Woman of the Day: Marie Owens

“I like to do police work, It gives me a chance to help women and children who need help.” – Marie Owens

HBWU Blog-Marie Owens

Marie Owens is claimed to have been the first U.S. female in law enforcement in 1891. As an Irish Catholic woman living in the city of Chicago, Owens was dedicated to helping the women and children who experienced the cruel and severe working conditions in sweatshops.

Owens was a huge advocate for child labor laws, and since an inspector’s job was limited, Owens was hired by the Chicago Police Department. She was given the title detective sergeant, and had the power to arrest the individuals who forced children into the harsh working conditions.

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