Rosemary Dew served 13 years as a female FBI special agent-badge no. 5655, received eight commendations which often addressed her as Mr. and was only the 7th woman to be named a supervisor at FBI headquarters.  Her years of experience reveal in her book, No Backup, an organization fraught with discriminatory and destructive practices.  While Richard Nixon signed a mandate in 1969 to admit woman to the Bureau their title remained a “female agent” first, a special agent second.  Her firearms training required proficiency with shotguns, rifles, M16s and .38 revolvers which required a high skill with each hand.  The two hand grip was not allowed until the early 1980s.  Through her tenure she had many doubts about her chosen career but stayed because she was energetic, ambitious and was supporting two children.  LA Carlson

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