Salisbury, Lois: Police women


Lois Salisbury: So 1975 was the year that we really litigated the question of women on patrol. This actually went to a mini-trial before Judge Peckham and the physical agility examination and the height requirement were thrown out, and the San Francisco Police Department, the Civil Services Commission was now ordered to hire their first class that included any significant number of women and to conduct a recruitment campaign that would really assure women that they would be welcome. That assurance was frail until and when, by good fortune, George Moscone was elected that fall to the Mayor’s Office. He had a different attitude as manifested most profoundly by his appointment of Charles Gain as new Chief of Police. Charles Gain had an entirely different attitude towards women on patrol. He welcomed them into the department, and felt it was integral to his success as chief that they succeed.


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The Moscone oral history interviews are part of the George Moscone Collection, MSS 328.

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