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.
Agents past and present talk about what brought them to the Bureau, their challenges, and their place among four decades of pioneers.
“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.
A Father-Daughter Perspective
A woman who followed her father’s footsteps and became an agent.
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.