When she was sworn in as U.S. Secretary of State in 1997 under President Bill Clinton, Madeleine Albright became the highest ranking woman in the history of the United States government. Born in Prague in 1937, but raised in Denver, Colorado, Albright has had a distinguished career as a professor, a diplomat, a human rights advocate, and a trusted advisor on world affairs. After graduating from the prestigious Wellesley College in 1959, Albright became a U.S. citizen and made her foray into the working world with an internship at the Denver Post. Few could have imagined at that time the incredible impact the young, determined Albright would have on world politics and diplomacy. Fluent in four languages, Albright has since served as a professor of International Affairs and the Director of Women in Foreign Service at Georgetown's Walsh School of Foreign Service, been a member of President Clinton's cabinet, accepted a post with the National Security Council, and was appointed the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations. She has also been awarded five Honorary Doctors of Law degrees from universities around the country. Since her retirement, Albright has remained involved in government affairs as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's most trusted informal advisor. Albright recounted her stunning career in her memoir, Madam Secretary, which was published in 2003. A woman of incredible strength, intelligence, and dedication, Madeleine Albright epitomizes what it means to be a trailblazer, both as a woman and as a diplomat.
"There is a special place in hell for women who don't help other women."
"I'm for democracy, but imposing democracy is an oxymoron. People have to choose democracy, and it has to come up from below."