Forty years ago, the FBI Training Academy graduated the first two women agents of the modern era following a policy change in May 1972 allowing women to join those ranks. Joanne Pierce and Susan Roley began 14 weeks of training on July 17 of that year and graduated as agents on October 25, paving the way for thousands of women who followed over the next 40 years. Above, Susan Roley Malone (left) and Joanne Pierce Misko chat during an event sponsored by the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI, held in September 2012 in San Diego, which included a program celebrating the service and contributions women agents have made over the last four decades. For more information, see