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1st Female Cop In United States?

This image created from the electronic archives at the Chicago Tribune shows an article that was published in the Aug. 7, 1904, edition of the Chicago Daily Tribune about Marie Owens being a police sergeant in Chicago. Researcher Rick Barrett, a former Drug Enforcement Administration agent and amateur historian, says he has found evidence that Owens was not only the first policewoman in Chicago but also the first known female officer in the United States. Debate has long swirled around the identity of the nation's first female cop. Los Angeles claimed the distinction of hiring the first in 1910 and Portland, Ore., claims its own female officer in 1908. Barrett's claim would trump them both, and already the discovery has created a ripple of excitement among local historians. (AP Photo/Chicago Tribune)

Question: My sister became the first female vice president of a large, central California winery several years ago. Do you have a family member or close friend that broke through a glass ceiling?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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