About the Author Adam Eisenberg About the Book A Different Shade of Blue Book Reviews

The Book A Different Shade of Blue


A Different Shade of Blue: How Women Changed the Face of Police Work tells the history of female cops in America through the candid voices of 50 women on the Seattle Police Department. As one of the first cities to hire policewomen in 1912, Seattle provides the perfect backdrop to tell an amazing story about womens ongoing struggle nation-wide to fit into the male-dominated police profession.

A Different Shade of Blue features three generations of women, black, white, Asian, Latina, gay, straight, speaking 'on the record' about their experiences on the streets and in the precincts. Hired between the 1940s and the 2000s, the women share stories of great heroism, from battling an armed assailant inside a patrol car to going undercover to catch an illegal abortionist in the days before Roe v. Wade. They also offer surprising views on affirmative action, and tell tales of discrimination and harassment that reveal how even today men continue to treat their female workers as second-class citizens.

As the women recount their lives and experiences, they prove that female cops are a different shade of blue. And that difference has forever changed the face of police work.

Female policewoman have added much to the field of Women Studies and Policing. Call them what you like: women cops, female cops, women police, policewomen, female law enforcers, women in police - it doesn't really matter. All reflect a change in our language and a major change to the field of law enforcement. In less than 100 years the attitude towards female policewomen has done a 180 degree turn. Seattle women cops, Seattle policewomen, Seattle female cops - depending how you like to phrase it - are the focal point in this intriquing story of women in law enforcement.

About the Author Adam Eisenberg

A native of New York City, Adam Eisenberg grew up on a ranch outside Boulder, Colorado. After earning a journalism degree from the University of Colorado, he moved to Los Angeles and covered the entertainment industry as a freelance writer. His work included extensive behind-the-scenes coverage of such movies as "Ghostbusters," "The Right Stuff," "Terminator" and "Return of the Jedi," and feature interviews with such Hollywood elite as George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Sigourney Weaver, Oliver Stone, Harrison Ford and Tom Cruise. His credits include The Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The Denver Post, Los Angeles Daily News, Twilight Zone Magazine, American Film, Prevue, Cinefex, American Cinematographer, Cinefantastique and publications in Japan, France and England. He also wrote and produced a documentary on forest preservation narrated by William Shatner, and directed a 16 mm adaptation of Ray Bradbury's short story, There Will Come Soft Rains.

Book Reviews

"As a long-time female police officer who was ultimately one of two female pioneers ever hired, Eisenberg's A Different Shade of Blue definitely struck a chord. I had to keep checking the cover to ensure this book wasn't written by a female officer herself! His in-depth, gritty, and thorough look into the lives of female police officers, coupled with his own background in law enforcement, brings the reader along to shatter the glass ceiling. As a crime writer myself who is currently working on a memoir about my own life as a female police officer, I finished the last page of A Different Shade of Blue feeling somewhat defeated--Eisenberg essentially wrote my memoir for me. Quite simply, he nailed it. A fascinating read."

Stacy Dittrich, former detective, author of Murder Behind the Badge: True Stories of Cops Who Kill and numerous other books, and law enforcement media consultant as seen on CNN, Fox, and E! True Hollywood.

A Different Shade of Blue is an excellent book that rescues early policewomen from the myth that they were only clerks and babysitters. Adam Eisenberg lets the women tell their own stories, capturing the wide range of police work they did—often unarmed and without backup—and generally without glory. A fun and easy read, A Different Shade of Blue is a valuable addition to regional history, women’s history, and police history.

Dorothy Moses Schulz, Ph.D., John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY), author of From Social Worker to Crimefighter: Women in United States Municipal Policing (Praeger, 1995) and Breaking the Brass Ceiling: Women Police Chiefs & Their Paths to the Top (Praeger, 2004).