In 1918 when women were not considered as serious war correspondents, Marguerite Harrison, a journalist, linguist and adventurer turned to the U.S. Army Military Intelligence asking if she could become an agent for them.
Being financially independent and a world traveler, she had established the Society of Women Geographers and would pose as a writer and filmmaker. At 41 she began an extensive and courageous undercover career initially spying on Russia and Japan.
Her exploits including a Russian prison stay and considerable contributions have been brought back to life and into historical memory by Elizabeth Atwood in The Liberation of Marguerite Harrison.
For more information on Marguerite Harrison and other U.S. agents, check out the article by Katie Keller here.