...the RCMP first admitted women to their ranks.
Not quite equally however, as according to the report, the first female Mounties were required to "carry their revolvers in shoulder-strap handbags." The lads kept theirs in holsters.
On a side note, mandating women keep their weapons in purses would be met with howls in today's world of ultra-tactical open holsters, 15 round mag automatics, and 29 other flavours of high-tech force projection hanging off a constable's belt. Somewhere in there a sea-change occurred in police-think and it wasn't just about gender.
Long way indeed.