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Women of DHS Then & Now: Celebrating National Women's History Month

Long before the Department opened its doors in 2003, women were carrying out the mission to ensure a safe and secure America. In World War II, Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service), operated banks of cryptanalysis machines, also known as bombes, to decipher German code in what are now the halls of DHS headquarters.  

A member of the Navy WAVES operating a cryptanalysis machine.

The Women of DHS: Then and Now

This March, the Department of Homeland Security celebrated its fourteenth anniversary, as well as Women’s History Month.

Honoring Women’s History Month

S&T is particularly thankful to female pioneers in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, whose efforts laid the groundwork for the work we do today.

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