New Book: Silenced: The Untold Story Of The Fight For Equality In The RCMP




A new thoroughly researched book is now available and was written by RCMP Veteran Dr. Bonnie Reilly Schmidt.

The book is entitled “Silenced: The Untold Story Of The Fight For Equality In The RCMP.”  In light of the class action facing the Force, this book provides some insight to what circumstances female members have been subjected to.


For this book, Bonnie conducted the extensive research for her 2014 PhD dissertation at the Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.

Many male and female Veterans contributed material and interviews so that this comprehensive and academic analysis could be completed.  In addition, archival material and news reports were also included.

In chapter 1, Bonnie talks about the “Riders of the Plain” and their contributions in bringing law and order to an unsettled land. Chapter 2 reveals details about how Unpaid Mounties (member’s wife) have greatly contributed and supported their husbands and the Force in isolated communities.  The proceeding chapters goes into details about the selection of the first female member uniform and conditions under while women had to fit into a male dominated organization.  In this book, Bonnie pays tribute to the women who pioneered an essential place within the Force and the circumstances women had to overcome.

The book can be purchased on-line at Amazon or Indigo.  In addition, it is available or can be ordered from local bookstores.

For those of you who live in the Vancouver area, you can also catch me at the following events:

Sept. 14 – Breakfast Television interview, CityTV Vancouver (8:20 am)

Sept. 15 – The Book Warehouse, Main St., Vancouver (7:00 pm)

Sept. 27 – Word Vancouver Festival, Vancouver Public Library, “Canada Writes” tent, 12 noon.

Oct. 1 – Black Bond Books, Haney Place Mall, Maple Ridge (6:00 pm)

Oct. 19 – Vancouver Public Library, panel discussion/book signing (7:00 pm)

Bonnie has written many historical and informative articles which are available for your viewing on her blog – CHECK OUT HER BLOG HERE

The thoroughness and completeness of her research has been recognized as follows:

 – Simon Fraser University has nominated Dr. Bonnie Reilly Schmidt;s PhD. dissertation “Women In Red Serge: Female Police Bodies And The Disruption To The Image Of The Royal Canadian Mounted Police” for the Distinguished Award in the Humanities and Fine Arts.

– In 2014, Dr. Bonnie Reilly Schmidt received the Dean’s Convocation Medal from Simon Fraser University.


Photograph of Dr. Bonnie Reilly Schmidt (RCMP Veteran).