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    Jan092017

    In Phoenix, Women Are Breaking Public Safety's Brass Ceiling

    The city has an unusually high number of women in leadership positions, even in male-dominated departments like police and fire. Why is that?
    BY  JANUARY 9, 2017

    Excluding education, women make up nearly half of the roughly 9 million workers in state and local government -- but they remain underrepresented in management and leadership roles. In general, the higher you look on a government's organizational chart, the more likely a position is to be filled by a man.

    Not so in Phoenix.

    In that city, nearly half of the 36 department heads and other executive positions are held by women, a share that far exceeds the national average. Women head notoriously male-dominated agencies like transportation, water infrastructure and even public safety. In fact, the city of 1.5 million is the largest municipality in the country to have both a female police and fire chief. Women also lead the city's homeland security and emergency management departments, as well as the prosecutor's office.

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