“What’s it like working with women FBI Agents?”
I‘ve been asked this question so many times that you’d think I would be sick of answering it by now. You would be right.
I always say the same thing, “It’s as if I’m working with men.”
Sounds lame? Yeah, but maybe I’m just tired of the question.
Unfortunately I do recognize why the question always comes up since only 20 percent of the Bureau’s 13,667 agents are women, and, sadly to say 83 percent of the agents overall are white. Indeed, 10 months before being fired as director of the FBI by President Trump, James Comey called the situation a “crisis.”
The female agents I know say they will know when the FBI has made progress…it will be when a woman is finally put in charge of counterterrorism, criminal investigations, counterintelligence or is appointed as deputy director.
I have only recently worked closely with a couple of female agents – Special Agent Forrestal out of the Philadelphia Bureau and Special Agent Lum out of the Chicago Bureau. Both agents graduated cum laude, Forrestal out of Princeton and Lum out of Illinois. Forrestal’s fluency in Japanese was a huge help on two cases and Lum’s Chinese fluency helped tremendously with human trafficking out of China.