Executive Order 11478, "Equal employment opportunity in the Federal Government," signed by President Richard Nixon on August 8, 1969, provided equal opportunity in Federal employment for all persons; prohibited discrimination in employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap, or age; and, promoted the full realization of equal employment opportunity through a continuing affirmative program in each executive department and agency. 

It opened up to women those positions in the GS-1811 and other job series from which they had previously been barred based on their gender. Now women could occupy positions that held authority to carry firearms, execute search warrants and make arrests.

The first women were hired in 1971 and 1972 by the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the United States Secret Service, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

The latest information (2004) from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, reports that women account for 16% of the 105,000 federal law enforcement officers surveyed.  . 

WIFLE is the only non-profit organization dedicated to promoting gender equity in federal law enforcement.  Women in federal law enforcement face challenges today as great as those faced yesterday. As we grow in our professional and personal lives, we commit ourselves to developing the professional law enforcement abilities of the women and men who follow in our footsteps.





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