Crime and Gender

Patterns of crime and gender relation in Canada.

A great deal of ambivalence has surrounded the female offender throughout history. This is primarily because gender differences have made the punishment of women a difficult task. Though times may have changed, even in terms of women’s crime and punishment, the relationship between gender and criminality remains controversial and poorly understood. This paper looks at the historical patterns of crime between men and women in Canada and seeks to explain the differences and similarities where appropriate.