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One of Secret Service’s First Female Agents to Protect President Writes Book

behind-the-shades-book-e1429300770480By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former Secret Service agent has published a book about her experience as one of the first women on the presidential protection force, The Hill reports.

Sue Ann Baker’s memoir, “Behind the Shades,” details becoming one of the first five female agents in 1971 – long after the Secret Service was launched more than a century ago.

“I was the first ‘girl agent,’ as they called us back then,” Baker told the Hill.

Seeing female agents wasn’t easy for a lot of them men, Baker said.

“There were a lot of guys that clearly didn’t want us there.”

The Secret Service also didn’t make it easy, she said

“When we first were brought into the White House police, the Executive Protective Service, first of all, they never thought to issue us uniforms,” Baker, 69, said. “So we really couldn’t do what the men did, you know, standing in the guard shacks around the White House, because no one would have ever acknowledged any of our authority because we’re standing there in skirts of varying lengths. No pants then.”

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