Gertrude Schimmel, the first woman of the New York Police Department to be named chief, died on Monday at the age of 96. When she joined the force in 1940, women were not permitted to ascend beyond the entry-level rank of policewoman. They were also not allowed to go out on patrol. In 1961, Schimmel helped a fellow policewoman file a successful gender discrimination lawsuit against the city’s Department of Personnel. After 27 years of service, she was promoted to the rank of sergeant and later earned her chief’s stripes. Schimmel had two sons, and used to work a double shift—4 p.m. to 8 a.m.—so she could be there when they left school and returned home.
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