For International Women’s Day, a few whistleblowers.

From the NWC:

Dr. Tommie (“Toni”) G. Savage

Savage had a distinguished 20 year career in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’, until she blew the whistle on the  fraud she discovered.

Jane Turner

Turner successful fought her removal and won a historic victory for all FBI whistleblowers before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.  She challenged her retaliation in federal court, and won a unanimous jury verdict in her favor, obtaining the largest compensatory damage award permitted under the law for federal employees.  Jane also exposed criminal theft of property at the 9/11 crime scene by a handful of FBI agents.  She was harshly retaliated against for reporting these violations to the DOJ Inspector General.  After a ten-year battle, she prevailed, becoming only one of a small handful of FBI agents to win her cases under the FBI whistleblower Protection Act.

Sherron Watkins and Cynthia Cooper 

Cynthia Cooper and Sherron Watkins exposed corporate misconduct in the infamous Enron and WorldCom scandals paving the way for the enactment of the SOX corporate reform law. Sherron Watkins is the Enron vice president who wrote a letter to chairman Kenneth Lay in the summer of 2001 warning him that the company’s methods of accounting were improper…. Cooper and Watkins (along with Coleen Rowley) were named Time Persons of the Year in 2002.

Bunnatine Greenhouse

Greenhouse opposed the approval of a highly improper multi-billion dollar no-bid contract to Halliburton for the reconstruction of Iraq. In retaliation,she was removed from her position as the highest-ranking civilian contracting official at the Army Corps of Engineers.