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An inspirational memoir of one woman’s 28-year journey from aspirations of becoming one of the first female officers within the fabled Royal Canadian Mounted Police, to overcoming the harsh realities of discrimination, injustice and personal violation. Karen Adams’ dream became possible the day the RCMP finally included women in what was then, an unashamed boy’s club. Whe An inspirational memoir of one woman’s 28-year journey from aspirations of becoming one of the first female officers within the fabled Royal Canadian Mounted Police, to overcoming the harsh realities of discrimination, injustice and personal violation. Karen Adams’ dream became possible the day the RCMP finally included women in what was then, an unashamed boy’s club. When Karen joined the very first group of female RCMP recruits at age 22, she never anticipated the indelible mark this would leave on the landscape of Canada’s iconic police force and the women who came after her. Karen, least of all. Fueled by equal measures of naiveté and a relentless pursuit of excellence to win the respect of her fellow officers, Karen found her passion in life despite a hostile work environment, both inside and outside the RCMP. Her story pulses with excitement as she recounts her initial forays into drug busts, surveillance and undercover missions–all the while suffering silently with PTSD after a physical assault perpetrated by a trusted member of the vaunted force she strived so hard to become part of. Told with exuberance, humor and astonishing honesty, Woman In Scarlet, is a thrilling police car ride-along, as well as a deeply personal and courageous view of one woman’s evolution from a fledgling cadet to a respected trailblazer for social and political change. Read Woman In Scarlet today for a remarkable journey filled with brutal obstacles, the heartbreaks of loss and the triumphs of achievement. Genre: Women’s Historical Memoir


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An inspirational memoir of one woman’s 28-year journey from aspirations of becoming one of the first female officers within the fabled Royal Canadian Mounted Police, to overcoming the harsh realities of discrimination, injustice and personal violation. Karen Adams’ dream became possible the day the RCMP finally included women in what was then, an unashamed boy’s club. Whe An inspirational memoir of one woman’s 28-year journey from aspirations of becoming one of the first female officers within the fabled Royal Canadian Mounted Police, to overcoming the harsh realities of discrimination, injustice and personal violation. Karen Adams’ dream became possible the day the RCMP finally included women in what was then, an unashamed boy’s club. When Karen joined the very first group of female RCMP recruits at age 22, she never anticipated the indelible mark this would leave on the landscape of Canada’s iconic police force and the women who came after her. Karen, least of all. Fueled by equal measures of naiveté and a relentless pursuit of excellence to win the respect of her fellow officers, Karen found her passion in life despite a hostile work environment, both inside and outside the RCMP. Her story pulses with excitement as she recounts her initial forays into drug busts, surveillance and undercover missions–all the while suffering silently with PTSD after a physical assault perpetrated by a trusted member of the vaunted force she strived so hard to become part of. Told with exuberance, humor and astonishing honesty, Woman In Scarlet, is a thrilling police car ride-along, as well as a deeply personal and courageous view of one woman’s evolution from a fledgling cadet to a respected trailblazer for social and political change. Read Woman In Scarlet today for a remarkable journey filled with brutal obstacles, the heartbreaks of loss and the triumphs of achievement. Genre: Women’s Historical Memoir

30 review for Woman In Scarlet: The groundbreaking true story of life as a woman in an elite, male-only police force

  1. 4 out of 5

    Valerity (Val)

    Woman in Scarlet: The groundbreaking true story of life as a woman in an elite, male-only police force kindle An invigorating read I’d call a true crime policing memoir from a woman, Constable Karen Somers, who was chosen at age 22 to be one of the first group of 32 women to be in the RCMP back in 1974. She shares what it was like from day one, going through the training regimen at the Depot as it’s called, that wasn’t yet set up to handle female Mounties. How the uniforms were at first, with th Woman in Scarlet: The groundbreaking true story of life as a woman in an elite, male-only police force kindle An invigorating read I’d call a true crime policing memoir from a woman, Constable Karen Somers, who was chosen at age 22 to be one of the first group of 32 women to be in the RCMP back in 1974. She shares what it was like from day one, going through the training regimen at the Depot as it’s called, that wasn’t yet set up to handle female Mounties. How the uniforms were at first, with them expected to keep their gun inside a purse. It’s got some great stories from her different postings as she is moved to different parts of Canada and improves different skills along the way. Then her favorite posting comes as she is first sent off and set up for it first, then eventually sent back to the Depot to be an instructor in different areas for the new recruits, which she really likes and finds she is quite good at. She eventually continues her own education too, despite all she was juggling and goes into teaching later on in a major way. The book also shares the difficulties she had that she kept to herself so long that had a negative effect on not just her, but as she eventually learns, on her 2 young daughters too. I enjoyed this very much as it shows women’s integration into a formerly all-male field of policing in the RCMP, and the great inroads that were made, a great subject. My thanks for the Kindle copy that was provided a Goodreads win, by author Karen L. Adams for my fair review. Adams Entertainment 268 pages Pub: Sept 25th, 2018 My BookZone blog: https://wordpress.com/post/bookblog20...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Erik Sapp

    As I was reading, I felt like I should be enjoying this book more. It wasn't bad, but I felt like there was something missing. Once I finished, I realized what that was. The author tried to write about too much, so could not give each element the attention it deserved. She wrote that there were Mounties who did not want women on the force. So why not give examples of what she (or the other early female Mounties) faced? She admits she had PTSD from an incident very early in her career. So why not As I was reading, I felt like I should be enjoying this book more. It wasn't bad, but I felt like there was something missing. Once I finished, I realized what that was. The author tried to write about too much, so could not give each element the attention it deserved. She wrote that there were Mounties who did not want women on the force. So why not give examples of what she (or the other early female Mounties) faced? She admits she had PTSD from an incident very early in her career. So why not talk about how that affected her personally and professionally? (She makes passing references, but never goes into detail.) The author comes across somewhat narcissistic and arrogant, especially when she writes about other females who were in Troop 17 with her. She mentions specific cases she handled, but never gives a lot of detail of the work she did (or even what happened to the people she arrested)*. Personally, I would have loved to have read more about her time working in the drug unit. I think this book would have been much better if the author had focused more on certain things. It doesn't matter which things, so long as there is focus. As it is, this book is both too much and not enough. * She makes a reference late in the book to getting a better understanding of how Canadian courts work and about testifying in court while she was an instructor at Depot. I'm used to American courts where the cops who were involved would testify at the trial, but maybe it works differently in Canadian courts..?

  3. 5 out of 5

    Midori

    While yes, I admit, the amazing woman that penned this book was my favorite University professor, that did not influence my opinion of this book one bit. This book is powerful, emotional, entertaining and inspirational. You will learn about the struggles of balancing life as a woman with the career that had previously been a men's club, and those, men were not thrilled to have their territory encroached on by females. This book is amazing, and made me admire Karen more than I already did, if tha While yes, I admit, the amazing woman that penned this book was my favorite University professor, that did not influence my opinion of this book one bit. This book is powerful, emotional, entertaining and inspirational. You will learn about the struggles of balancing life as a woman with the career that had previously been a men's club, and those, men were not thrilled to have their territory encroached on by females. This book is amazing, and made me admire Karen more than I already did, if that were even possible. Read it. Just do it. You won't regret it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alayne

    I enjoyed this memoir, although I was saddened by the difficulties a woman faced in the Mounties. I felt that the book needed stronger editing as there were a lot of grammar errors including commas where they weren't needed, and the date of Karen Adams' marriage which on one page was 8 April 1979, and a couple of pages later, 8 April 1980. Very basic mistakes.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Wonderful read

  6. 4 out of 5

    Anthony R Woods

    Sad story It started slow. Like reading a diary or a bunch of case files. It gets better but lots of family issues.

  7. 4 out of 5

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