By Robin Fitzgerald
The Sun Herald
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Police Officer Ashleigh Pack said she has had to work “extra hard” in some respects to get where she is today because police work remains a male-dominated profession.
The Sun Herald
Ashleigh Pack had no idea what Glamour magazine planned to do with a survey a police administrator asked her to complete.
When the September edition hit news stands and mailboxes, the police officer saw her picture and a quote in “50 States of Women.”
It’s a report from an updated nationwide survey of 2,000 women who wrote about their self-esteem and hopes for the future. The story on Glamour’s website also includes Pack’s picture plus a quote from one of her answers to what you’ve overcome or accomplished.
Pack, a patrol officer for the Biloxi Police Department, is the only woman from Mississippi whose picture and comments are included in the report.
The three questions were intentionally vague. Respondents were not told of the purpose of the survey.
Pack was pleasantly surprised. The survey shows an increasing majority of women feel good about progress on their life goals and believe their lives will be better in five years.
The overall results mirror Pack’s beliefs. She believes her life is good, America is the land of opportunity, and hope is within reach.
When asked what she believes in, Pack told Glamour, “Hard work and persistence are the basis to living the life you want to live. … I wish more people would realize bad experiences in life, some worse than others, are necessary to mold us into the people we are meant to be.”
The Vancleave native said hard work and persistence have shaped her into who she is today.
Pack is soft-spoken and petite at 5-foot-2.