An academic who has written extensively about women behind bars is equally interested in those who are imprisoned by a ‘glass ceiling' and she will give a free public lecture titled ‘The Changing Role of Women Working in Criminal Justice' at The University of Western Australia soon.
Professor-at-Large Anne Worrall, an Honorary Research Fellow at UWA's Crime Research Centre where she teaches courses on women and crime, is also a member of the Parole Board of England and Wales.
As Professor of Criminology and Head of the School of Criminology, Education, Sociology and Social Work at Keele University, UK, she has an impressive publications record including Offending Women and Girls' Violence: Myths and Realities.
In her lecture, Professor Worrall will argue that criminal justice is a highly gendered area. As criminal activity is an overwhelmingly male pre-occupation, organisational responses to it have also been dominated by gender considerations.
She will discuss the role and expectations of women in criminal justice and the changes that have seen them breaking through the ‘glass ceiling' of promotion to positions of leadership, often only to find themselves poised on the edge of a ‘glass cliff'.
Keele University pioneered the teaching of criminology at undergraduate level. Its program is one of the strongest and most successful in the country.
The lecture is at 6pm on Thursday, 7 August, in UWA's Social Sciences Lecture Theatre.