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Intelligence Studies: Women in Intelligence

This research guide contains information-- both current and historical--on the topic of intelligence. Areas covered include intelligence collection, the intelligence cycle, and also topics such as counterintelligence and cyber intelligence.

Journal Articles

Online Articles/Reports

The Role of Women in Intelligence Activity

Women have played important roles in the world of intelligence, from the first World War up tp the present.  They have worked as spies, cryptologists, and more.  

Below are some books, articles, and websites on this topic, along with some information of a number of notable female intelligence officers.

Some Notable Female Figures



Elizabeth "Betty" Peet McIntosh was known for her undercover work during World War II for the OSS (forerunner of the CIA).






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Jeanne Vertefeuille was a CIA officer who participated on a small team that investigated and uncovered the actions of Aldrich Ames, a notorious Cold War spy.





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Sandra Grimes is a twenty-six-year veteran of the CIA’s Clandestine Service who spent the majority of her career working against the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.