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Celebrating Women of America’s First Intel Agency

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Marlene Dietrich, WWII
As Women’s History Month comes to an end, we’re celebrating a few of the many women whose courage and dedication helped form the foundation of today’s CIA.

These extraordinary women served in America’s first intelligence agency, the Office of Strategy Services. They were artists and adventurers, mapmakers and pilots who operated in some of the most dangerous places in the world. Several of them went on to work for the CIA.

They challenged stereotypes, broke down barriers, and their legacy paved the way for women to eventually hold senior roles throughout the Agency: including taking the helm as Director of CIA.


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Burrell in Berkeley Square, London. April 29, 1944.


Posted: Mar 31, 2020 11:45 AM
Last Updated: Mar 31, 2020 11:51 AM