S. Anne Walker may not think what she's accomplished is a big deal, but the subject of this week's profile has been credited with clearing the way for women wanting to work in corrections. Despite rejection early in her career she persevered to make it in a dangerous field once reserved for men. Now with more than 35 years of experience she not only directs a leading and unique corrections agency in her state, she also has become an inspiration for young women everywhere.
Jim, Corrections.com editor
Opening new doors for new generations
By Ann Coppola
Overcoming obstacles, rebuilding lives
Admiring colleagues have called her a trailblazer and gutsy. Armed with a unique balance of southern warmth and tell-it-like-it-is toughness, Anne Walker is the born-and-raised South Carolinian credited with opening several doors for women in the community corrections field. Even so, don’t try telling her she’s a pioneer.
“You don’t do something thinking, ‘I’m going to be different from everyone else,’” Walker maintains. “You just do it because you want to do it. If I’m a pioneer, it’s not something I planned. You don’t plan on being one; it’s just because of the times.”
The times were the 1970s, a decade of great cultural change, including the era of the feminist movement and Equal Rights Amendment. Women held very few positions in corrections, especially in male facilities. The only way a woman found herself in a men’s prison was because of her job, as a secretary or nurse, or because she was related to or married to an inmate. The other way might have been similar to Walker’s experience, as a visiting student during her junior year of college. Read this week's full story.
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