Postal Service Diversity



The Postal Service workforce is one of the most diverse in the nation. We look like America. That is our strength.

* | Tags: People USPS Fact #705 | March 17, 2023

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.