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Celebrating 40 Years of Women Agents: A Father-Daughter Perspective

While family bonds are often strong, they are sometimes reinforced by ties beyond kinship. In the case of this father-daughter duo, they have more in common than just their last name. In this video, you’ll meet them both—a woman who followed in her father’s footsteps and became a special agent of the FBI, and a man who watched his daughter enter a profession that was unheard of for women when he embarked on the same path.

 

Celebrating 40 Years of Women Agents: A Father-Daughter Perspective


While family bonds are often strong, they are sometimes reinforced by ties beyond kinship. In the case of this father-daughter duo, they have more in common than just their last name. In this video, you’ll meet them both—a woman who followed in her father’s footsteps and became a special agent of the FBI, and a man who watched his daughter enter a profession that was unheard of for women when he embarked on the same path.

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Nov 06, 2012 05:00 PM
 

08.30.12

Celebrating Women Special Agents
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About This Series

On July 17, 1972, the first two women of the modern era entered the FBI Training Academy at Quantico, Virginia. Fourteen weeks later they emerged as special agents. Over the next 40 years, women agents reshaped the Bureau, achieving leadership posts across the U.S. and around the world. This series looks at their roles, their challenges, and the rewards of a demanding career as a G-woman.

- Part 1: A New Chapter is Opened
- Part 2: Two Women Blaze a Trail
- Part 3: Early Pioneers Tell Their Stories
- Part 4: Pop Culture’s Take on Women Special Agents

- Part 5: A Diversity of Backgrounds and Experiences
- Part 6: Working Undercover

- Part 7: Two Made the Ultimate Sacrifice 

In Their Own Words
 Agents past and present talk about what brought them to the Bureau, their challenges, and their place among four decades of pioneers.
 Collage of women agents (b&w)
“You don’t want people to say she’s a good female agent. You want people to say she’s a good agent.. That’s what you strive for.” 
— Mary Rook, Special Agent in Charge, Anchorage FBI

 As Seen on TV 
Marsha Thomason of “White Collar” and Gillian Anderson of “The X-Files” thank the Bureau’s women agents for their service.
 Marsha Thomason and Gillian Anderson
 
 A Father-Daughter Perspective
A woman who followed her father’s footsteps and became an agent.
Father and Daughter (Play Video)

 

 

 

On July 17, 1972, the first two women of the modern era entered the FBI Training Academy at Quantico, Virginia.
This is the second story in our series marking the 40-year anniversary of women special agents.