The Postal Service workforce is one of the most diverse in the nation. We look like America. That is our strength.
The Postal Service’s many firsts in this area include:
- First known female postmaster in the United Colonies: Mary Katherine Goddard, Baltimore, MD, 1775
- First known female mail carrier: Sarah Black, mail messenger, Charlestown, MD, 1845
- First known African American postmaster: James W. Mason, Sunny Side, AR, 1867
- First known African American mail carrier: James B. Christian, Richmond, VA, 1869
- First known African American postal inspector: Isaac Myers, Baltimore, MD, 1870
- First American woman on a U.S. postage stamp, Martha Washington, 1902
- First Hispanic American on a U.S. postage stamp, Adm. David Farragut, 1903
- First Native American on a U.S. postage stamp, Pocahontas, 1907
- First African American on a U.S. postage stamp, Booker T. Washington, 1940
- First African American executive: Ronald B. Lee, assistant postmaster general of planning and marketing, 1969
- First female postal inspectors: Jane Currie and Janene Gordon, 1971
- First female executive: Nancy L. George, assistant postmaster general of employee relations, 1979
- First female postmaster general: Megan J. Brennan, 2015
The Postal Service remains one of the most diverse organizations in the nation.
- Women make up 46 percent of our workforce.
- Minorities represent 53 percent of our workforce.
- We employ nearly 63,000 veterans.
- We employ more than 34,000 people with disabilities, including more than 8,300 disabled veterans.
- We maintain a year-round focus on diversity and disability outreach.