Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Growing Role Of Women In The CIA

Some of the women of the CIA, including two who also served in the agency's World War II precursor, the OSS: (Back row, L to R) Gabriella Calamari, Fran Moore, Sue Gordon and Ashley Hirst; (seated, L to R) Elizabeth "Betty" McIntosh, Doris Bohrer. John Makely / NBC News

Abigail Jones, Newsweek: Women of the CIA: The Hidden History of American Spycraft

“My first son was my 1993 World Trade Center bombing baby,” says Gina Bennett, a veteran CIA analyst who has spent her career tracking down the perpetrators behind some of the worst international crises in recent memory. Bennett, a divorced mother of five, can match the birthdate of each child by the bad guys she was pursuing at the time. She calls her second son her “Khobar Towers baby” (born shortly after the 1996 bombing of a military housing complex in Saudi Arabia); her third child, a daughter, her “African embassy bombing baby” (she arrived a few weeks before the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania); and her fourth, another son, her “9/11 baby.”Bennett was in the early stages of her pregnancy during that attack, and despite all of her morning sickness, “most people didn’t know I was pregnant,” she says. Her fifth child, a girl, was her “Fallujah baby.”

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WNU Editor: This glass ceiling was broken a long time ago .... but the publicity is happening now. Here is an interesting story from 2013 .... Sisterhood of Spies: Women crack the code at the CIA (NBC).

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