The next women agents weren't hired until 1972.
Hoover was appointed director of the Bureau of Investigation, the precursor to the FBI, in 1924. Houston served in the Philadelphia office. She resigned in 1928, shortly after being transferred to the Washington Field Office.
Today, more than 2,000 women serve as FBI special agents, many in high-profile, leadership positions, including mother and daughter Special Agents Ethel and Marlo McGuire.
- Scott McCabe