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Women Underrepresented in Secret Service

Although women have been accepted into the Secret Service since 1970, only 10% of agents are women. To qualify for the United States Secret Service, an individual must undergo 16 weeks of training, pass physical fitness tests and detailed background checks and spend about eight years at the service’s field offices investigating counterfeiting and other financial crimes. Contrary to the common stereotype, however, potential agents do not have to be male. When he goes recruiting, Special Agent Anthony Triplett discovers that many women do not realize they can join the Secret Service. “A lot of womenƒinitially are not sure it’s something they want to do or something they can do,” Triplett said. “I’ve had people ask me, ‘Do you have female Secret Service agents?'”

Sources:

USA Today- July 3, 1997

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