Peter Baker’s March 26th, New York Times article, details the appointment of the first ever female to take charge of the Secret Service, one of, if not the most prestigious security organization in the country. In his landmark decision, Obama bestowed into Julia A, Pierson, not only the honor of leading her country, but a platform to comment on women’s abilities and capabilities in the modern world.
As a long time Secret Service agent, Pierson will adopt the role of protecting our President. Dramatic as it may seem, his life is in the potentially nail polish clad hands of Mrs. Pierson.
Baffling as it may seem to some that Obama would make entrust his existence to an individual who may be physically smaller in stature or one who is assumed to be “less able” to protect him, his appointment served as a milestone for law enforcement. In regards to his appointment the President exclaimed that, “Julia is eminently qualified to lead the agency that not only safeguards Americans at major events and secures our financial system, but also protects our leaders and our first families, including my own,” Mr. Obama said. “Julia has had an exemplary career, and I know these experiences will guide her as she takes on this new challenge to lead the impressive men and women of this important agency.”
Her position is “uniquely visible”, thus making his nomination of a female all the more significant. In fact, only about 10 percent of today’s Secret Service agents are females. Her appointment proves that women have something valuable to add and to innovate in the realm of American law enforcement.
Pierson’s resume, constructed from 30 years of experience, is comparable and competitive with those of her male predecessors. But Pierson’s role will be twofold. She is not only expected to guard the life of our Commander in Chief, but must prove to the public that she is strong enough to unfasten the predominantly male driven culture of the security agency.
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