America’s first female police officer

Her story had been lost amid dusty records that were long ago stashed in deep storage and forgotten. Forgotten until a retired federal agent, researching the history of Chicago law enforcement,…

Marie Owens, an inspector with the city health department, was deputized as a detective in order to save children from factories violating child labor laws. She said, “In my sixteen years of experience I have come across more suffering than ever is seen by any man detective.”

(image courtesy of this Mental Floss post, which covers more details of Owens’ career)