Welcome to the SAGE edge site for The Invisible Woman, Fifth Edition!

The Invisible Woman: Gender, Crime, and Justice offers a thorough exploration of the theories and issues regarding the experiences of women and girls with the criminal justice system as victims, offenders, and criminal justice professionals. Working to counter the "invisibility" of women in criminal justice, this definitive text utilizes a feminist perspective that incorporates current research, theory, and the intersections of sexism with racism, classism, and other types of oppression.  Focusing on empowerment of marginalized populations, Joanne Belknap’s gendered approach to the criminal justice system examines how to improve the visibility of women and to promote their role in society.

This site features an array of free resources you can access anytime, anywhere.


We gratefully acknowledge Joanne Belknap for writing an excellent text. Special thanks are also due to Alicia Fisher of California State University, Fullerton for developing the resources on this site.