The Hidden History of Women Spies in the CIA

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The CIA seal is seen displayed before President Barack Obama speaks at the CIA Headquarters in Langley, Va., Wednesday, April 13, 2016, after a meeting with his National Security Council.

During the Revolutionary War, the American army recruited young women to work as cooks and maids at British campsites, where they could eavesdrop on conversations about troop movements without raising suspicion. Women spies are still serving their country, and today, there are more women working in the CIA than ever before. Newsweek senior writer Abigail Jones recently interviewed seven women who work for the agency and she reports on them in her article, Women of the CIA: The Hidden History of American Spycraft. It appeared as the cover story in the September 20th edition of Newsweek magazine.