Review: The Pinks: The First Women Detectives

On August 15, 2017 by Dawn

The Pinks by Chris Enss

The Pinks: The First Women Detectives, Operatives, and Spies with the Pinkerton National Detective Agency 
by Chris Enss


As a modern feminist*, I’ve always been fascinated by women of past eras who flouted convention to live the lives they desired, over the ones society deemed correct.

The legendary Pinkerton Agency has the distinction of being an early proponent of women in the workforce, and reaped the rewards of it, with women like Kate Warne and Hattie Lawton proving their worth in gold.

I always love a good story starring Pinks in Skirts. This particular book is not that kind of reading though. it’s a history, with character sketches and histories of individual Lady Detectives. Enss writes like an academic, but this is no bloodless textbook either. Each essay draws a complete picture of how these women served their employer, and their country, in good context.

It’s not the kind of thing i’d usually read in a sitting, but if you enjoy having books about that you can dip in an out of, this one might be for you.

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*fem·i·nism -ˈfeməˌnizəm
noun: feminism: the advocacy of women’s rights on the basis of the equality of the sexes.

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