Daphne H.

Daphne H.


I arrived at Quantico. It was certainly a different experience than what I had anticipated, but you know within the first five or six days I would say you’ve been completely embarrassed and humiliated in front of all your classmates and that’s the worst of it. After those first five or six days you know each other so well, you go through it together as a team. It’s really, for me anyway it was a great experience. I was single and didn’t have a family that was struggling without me at home like a lot of my classmates with spouses and kids at home. It was more difficult on them but it was a long 16 weeks but I enjoyed every minute of it.

I mean it was different 20 years ago than it is today. I worked on a violent crimes squad for a year and even to some degree it’s the same way today. You get a lot of senior agents that are on the violent crimes squads or the bank robbery squads. And they certainly didn’t have any doubts in our abilities to do interviews or those types of things. But any time we were going out on an arrest certainly I was in the back yard. I was never going in through the front door to make the arrest. So that got a little frustrating but eventually I think certainly today we’ve come around and if somebody does have some limitations or they don’t care to do that, that’s fine but it’s really not based on a male-female bias anymore.

Like I said I’m stubborn and determined, so if there was a barrier I don’t believe I saw it as a barrier to women. It was just a barrier to me personally and one that I was going to work on breaking through. So you know there were definitely some people that probably didn’t view some of the women agents as equals at different times but I don’t think that exists today. That was I’m thinking of specific instances 20 years ago. But I don’t think it does exist today and I just think anybody who’s hard working and determined is going to be successful in this organization.

Celebrating Women Special Agents

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 (Black and White)
“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




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.