Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Creative Writing


Fine Arts

Major Professor

Randolph Bates

Second Advisor

Rhiannon Goad

Third Advisor

Juyanne James


It Isn't Easy Fighting Crime in a Tutu, but it helps! is a description of struggles and triumphs of a woman working in a male traditional job for the New Orleans Police Department. She worked as a civilian and as a police officer and police sergeant from 1970 until 1996. Several Essays are included to provide a glimpse of the lighter side of the badge, the human beings wearing them, and an appreciation of the culture and some neighborhoods of New Orleans.


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