What male secret squirrel comes to mind, when thinking about real life spies? Ian Flemings’ James Bond most likely is the first one to pop up. A fictional character created from the real-life exploits of Sidney Reilly. Male fictional spies are easy, male real-life spies are harder-oh, and Paul Revere doesn’t count. Now, flip the scenario for women. I honestly draw a blank for the fictional, but in real life the list is long. Mata Hari ranks high, but unfortunately history reduces her role from a serious spy into a femme fatale who lured men with her sexuality. Nothing but a vessel for men without a true thought in her head. Anyone else? Josephine Baker, Harriet Tubman, and Virginia Hall are all real life heroes. Usually, the land of espionage is dominated by men, but during high times of war women step up to the plate and far exceed their male counter parts.
Why does the fairer sex thrive in this high pressure role? Considering women are notoriously underestimated it allows them intangible power. Mary Bowser worked in the confederate white house where people spoke freely in front of the educated free slave. Assuming she couldn’t read or write, important documents were left out in the open. Bowser memorized the papers and reported back to her spy network, which allowed her to play a crucial role in the civil war. While this way of life does at times seem glamorous, some agents met a horrible demise while others were allowed to live a normal life to raise a family.
Spies R Us is about a female spy who loves her job but soon becomes disenchanted with her employment once she gets married and has kids. Unfortunately, Eden Morgan’s status becomes burned when she finds out her mere existence puts her family in jeopardy. Choosing the heartache of leaving her babies behind, she is ultimately saving their lives. Was she wrong to have a family while she was still involved in a high risk lifestyle? Many would say yes, but history shows women had to juggle many hats and being a spy was just one of them.
About Amber Malloy:
Amber Malloy dreamed of being a double agent but couldn’t pass the psyche evaluation. Crushed by despair that she couldn’t legally shoot things, Amber pursued her second career choice as pastry chef. When she’s not writing or whipping up a mean Snickers Cheesecake, she occasionally spies on her sommelier. Amber is convinced he’s faking his French accent.
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