Women in the U.S. Postal System

Research Article
A female mail carrier on steps handing a letter to a woman who is in a doorway holding a child.

America’s postal system has evolved from one in which women were rarely seen or heard to one in which women are a critical part of the service. The 21st century finds women in many executive positions across the service. Throughout the service women carry, sort and process mail; investigate mail crimes, serve as postmasters and window clerks in growing numbers. And finally, in 2015, a woman, Megan Brennan, was named as the nation’s Postmaster General.

Authors: Abbey Teller and Christina Park. Updates and edits by Jordana Bickel, Department of Education and Visitor Services Intern and Ryan M. Taylor, Visitor Services Manager, May 2022.

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Employee putting mail through canceling machine