Scandal highlights lack of women in Secret Service

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The prostitution scandal embroiling the Secret Service has highlighted the dearth of women in the agency.

It's also raising questions about whether more females in the ranks would prevent future dishonor.

The Secret Service says women make up about 25 percent of the entire workforce, though only about 11 percent of special agents and uniformed officers. That's lower than the 19 percent of female special agents in the FBI, but still higher than the percentage of female agents in the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan says the agency is working to recruit more women and that there are women in leadership positions. Those recruitment efforts may be set back by the scandal in Colombia, which has implicated a dozen Secret Service employees and a dozen military personnel.


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