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.
This March, the Department of Homeland Security celebrated its fourteenth anniversary, as well as 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.
Each March, we celebrate Women’s History Month—a time to recognize the extraordinary achievements of American women. This year’s theme: “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business” pays homage to the courage and perseverance of women who challenged the antiquated perceptions of their contributions and value in the paid labor force, defying societal norms and improving working conditions and wages for all women.