Madeleine Albright

Posted on May 1st, 2013, by iMinerva


May 13, 1937

Happy 76th Ms. Albright

The first woman to be named the U.S. Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright became the highest ranking woman in the history of U.S. government on January 23, 1997.  Prior to that appointment, Albright served as Ambassador to the United Nations from 1993 to 1997.

A popular speaker for business and civic groups around the world, Albright continues to be actively involved with international relations.  Shes currently serves as a Professor of International Relations at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., is on the Board of Directors of the Council on Foreign Relations, is Honorary Chair of the World Justice Project, co-chair of the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor, and on the advisory council of The Hague Institute for Global Justice.  President Obama recognized her many achievements in May 2012, presenting her with the Medal of Freedom.

The Personal Side

Born in Prague, Albright’s family lived in exile in England during the war,  the result of her father’s position in Czechoslovakia’s government service.  In 1948 the family immigrated to the United States, first to New York and then to Denver where she attended college and soon after graduation married her college sweetheart.  A young, 1960s wife and mother of three daughters, (one of her twin daughters died at the age of two), Albright continued her love of learning and language while studying Russian and international relations, eventually earning a Masters of Arts and later, a Doctor of Philosophy degree received in 1975.  In the ’80s, after returning from Poland where she was researching a book on dissidents, she learned her husband was leaving her for another woman.

Albright has said “Life comes in segments.”  “Women can do everything – they just can’t do it all at the same time.”

You can hear Madeleine Albright in her own words in the Makers Profile video.

And to read her most recent book, Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948 (2012), check out

Happy Birthday Ms. Albright.  And thank you for your tireless efforts to build a stronger global society.


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