In a continuation of our Women in Law Enforcement, our host, Jenni Prisk, interviews Natalie Sabin Gore who was the first female FBI agent in Washington State. Learn what it takes to be a trailblazer in this field, and the rewards of hard work, discipline, and a sense of humor.
Excerpts from Interview
- “The first woman joined the FBI as an Agent in 1972.”
- “We had to go through firearms, physical and communications training and pass in all three areas.”
On her first night at the FBI Academy, in 1976, Gore and three female classmates were visited by a counterpart who warned them that at least one woman was bound to flunk out. Instead of being intimidated, Natalie took it as a challenge and motivated the other women in her class to give it their all and prove them wrong. That they did – all passed!
“I thought it was very important to do a really good job, to pave the way for women coming after me, so that person would have an easier time when she came through the office.”