From Typist to Trailblazer: The Evolving View of Women in the CIA's Workforce

The document collection "From Typist to Trailblazer: The Evolving View of Women in the CIA's Workforce" consists of some 120 declassified documents, the majority of which are being released for the first time. The collection includes more than 1,200 pages from various studies, memos, letters, and other official records documenting the CIA's efforts to examine, address, and improve the status of women employees from 1947 to today. Key documents include the 1953 Panel on Career Service for Women (dubbed the "Petticoat Panel"); a 1976 letter written by DCI George H.W. Bush nominating three female officers for the Federal Woman's Award: a poignant 1984 memo on career opportunities for women; a 1992 summary of he CIA's Glass Ceiling Study; the 2013 Director's Advisory Group Report on Women in Leadership; and a transcript of four SIS women speaking candidly about the course of their careers. This declassification effort is the first thematic release in the history of the Historical Review Program.

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1942-03-06 - Adelaide Hawkins eligible as cryptanalyst.pdf

Document Number: 526e4e95993294098d51768c


1946-01-27 - Agnes B. Collins personnel file.pdf

Document Number: 526e4e95993294098d517679


1947-07-28 - Adelaide Hawkins affidavit.pdf

Document Number: 526e4e95993294098d51769e


1951-12-12 - Adelaide Hawkins Statement of Federal Civilian and Military.pdf

Document Number: 526e4e95993294098d5176af


1952-11-14 - Adelaide Hawkins Personnel Evaluation Report 1952.pdf

Document Number: 526e4e95993294098d5176b3


1953-01-14 - Adelaide Hawkins letter from DCI Walter B. Smith.pdf

Document Number: 526e4e95993294098d517687


1953-02-18 - Evangeline Cawley Personnel Evaluation Report 1953.pdf

Document Number: 526e4e95993294098d517699


1953-07-27 - CSB meetings Kirkpatrick presiding.pdf

Document Number: 526e4e95993294098d5176d5


1953-08-10a - CSB transcript of steering group.pdf

Document Number: 526e4e95993294098d5176b8


1953-08-10b - CSB meeting transcript addressing women’s panel.pdf

Document Number: 526e4e95993294098d5176d1