The Female Presidents of the American Society of Criminology
Sociology and Criminal Justice
The Division on Women and Crime of the American Society of Criminology recently celebrated its 20th anniversary and launched the new journal Feminist Criminology, which aims to place women at the center of research. Since the inception of the American Society of Criminology in 1941, there have been five female society presidents: Drs. Joan McCord, Joan Petersilia, Freda Adler, Margaret Zahn, and Julie Horney. This article profiles the lives and careers of each of these five women. In an era where more and more women are in leadership positions and enrolled in colleges and universities, the genuine impact of women still seems yet to have hit the mind-set of American society.
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