Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is the epitome of women’s empowerment and embodiment of International Women’s Month, proving to all that a true leader leads forever with her legacy and inspiration.
Reminding Women Their Voice Matters
“It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent,”Albright remarked in an interview in 2010.
She strongly encouraged women to be confident and to be vigilantly asking questions when questions needed to ask and not only when they are asked to say something.
Thus, she may be gone, but she lives in everyone she inspired to be empowered.
Supporter of Democracy, Inspiration to All
Her influence and example have deeply impressed leaders that, even during her last days, she remained full of determination and humor as she supports Ukraine’s struggle to keep democracy and freedom alive.
For former President Bill Clinton, that is and she is simply extraordinary. For President Joe Biden, Albright has been one of the country’s staunchest champions of human rights and democracy.
For Secretary of State Antony Blinken, she is a brilliant visionary, trailblazer, mentor, and diplomat, as she is a great individual whole devotion and lover for the motherland is deep to have lived her life serving it.
Former President Barack Obama honored Albright with the highest honor for an American civilian, the Medal of Freedom, for her exemplary inspiration to all citizens of the United States.
Highest-Ranking Woman in America
It was during around her stint with the National Security Council, during the Carter administration, that she became a foreign policy adviser before former President Clinton assumed power.
It was Clinton who nominated her as a United Nations ambassador in 1993. She was the second woman to hold the post of US Ambassador to the United Nations when President Clinton appointed her as US Secretary of State in 1996.
She broke the glass ceiling and made history, both in the United States and the world, as she became the highest-ranking woman in the world’s most powerful nation.
She had made her voice known as the top-ranking US official when she influenced presidents as they decide on global geopolitics involving restrictions on chemical weapons, Cuba, the Middle East, Yugoslavia, among others.
A Survivor, Strategist, Mother
A Czech refugee from Prague, Albright was born Marie Jana Korbel on May 15, 1937, to a diplomat. Her Jewish family, however, converted to the Roman Catholic faith when she was 5 after losing three grandparents in Nazi concentration camps.
After fleeing to the United States, her life made a series of exciting turns: graduating from Wellesley College in 1959, working as a journalist, earning her master’s degree and Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1968 and 1976, respectively.
She headed the global strategy group Albright Stonebridge and chaired an investment advisory company for emerging markets. Since then, she has continually mentored US statesmen and women.
Wife to newspaperman Joseph Albright of Chicago’s Medill-Patterson newspaper dynasty, they had three daughters before their 1983 divorce.
Albright succumbed to cancer at age 84.