Closing the gap


Because women can do anything:

Europol has revealed the names of Europe’s most-wanted fugitives – and 18 of the 21 criminals on the list are women, warning they are “equally capable” of committing serious crimes as men.

Called the “Crime has no gender” campaign, Europe’s policing agency on Friday rolled out a new campaign to catch the continent’s most wanted female criminals.

“People think that usually these crimes are not being committed by women, but they are and they are equally as serious as those committed by men,” spokeswoman Tine Hollevoet said.

The wanted suspects face a range of charges including murder, and human and drug trafficking.

Needless to say some aren’t necessarily happy about this quantum leap towards equality of the sexes:

Dr Marian Duggan, an expert in gender and criminology at the University of Kent, told the BBC that Europol was right about there being a stereotype casting men as more likely than women to perpetrate serious and organised crime. But the stereotype existed because it was true, she said.

“Obviously all crimes can be committed of anybody of any gender,” Dr Duggan said. “But while some women do commit serious crimes, they do so far less frequently than men.”

Dr Duggan said gender stereotypes were often exploited by organised criminal groups when carrying out large-scale crimes.

These 18 pioneering women are showing European girls the future without boys’ clubs, when you break the glass ceiling, hopefully with someone else’s head. It’s time enough that the last few male citadels like labouring, construction, mining, firefighting and sanitation work crumble too. The dream of Mary Wollstonecraft, the suffragettes and countless other feminist pioneers won’t be truly realised until half of Europe’s most prominent sewage workers are women.

In the meantime, though, remember: crime has no gender.