Hello Everyone:
In reading Hillary Rodham Clinton’s memoir “Hard Choices”; I decided to research and write about each of the three women who became U.S. Secretary of State starting with Madeleine Albright. 
When Madeleine Albright took office as the 64th U.S. Secretary of State on January 23, 1997, she became the first female U.S. Secretary of State and the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government at the time of her appointment.  
Not being a natural-born citizen of the U.S., she was not eligible as a U.S. Presidential successor and was excluded from nuclear contingency plans.
Note:  The Secretary of State is fourth in the line of succession to become U.S. President if the president, speaker of the house and president pro tempore of the senate can not carry out  their duties.
In her position as Secretary of State, Albright reinforced the U.S.’s alliances; advocated democracy and human rights; and promoted American trade and business, labor and environmental standards abroad.  
Following Albright’s term as Secretary of State, many speculated that she might pursue a career in Czech politics. Czech President Václav Havel talked openly about the possibility of Albright succeeding him after he retired in 2002. Albright was reportedly flattered by suggestions that she should run for office, but denied ever seriously considering it
To continue reading Albright’s fascinating and complex history; click on: Madeleine Albright’s Bio 
TEDWomen Video
Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright talks bluntly about politics and diplomacy, making the case that women’s issues deserve a place at the center of foreign policy. Far from being a “soft” issue, she says, women’s issues are often the very hardest ones, dealing directly with life and death. A frank and funny Q&A with Pat Mitchell in 2010. 
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright with
President Bill Clinton circa 1998
Anna Spieglova, mother with young Madeleine and her father 
Josef Korbel, a Czech diplomat enjoying a swim.
Condoleezza Rice attended an International Politics course taught by Josef Korbel,which sparked her interest in the Soviet Union and international relations. Rice later described Korbel (the father of Madeleine Albright) as a central figure in her life.
Secretary Madeleine Albright and North Korean Supreme Leader 
Kim Jong-il toast during an official state visit _North Korea_2000​
In 2000, Madeleine Albright became one of the highest level Western diplomats ever to meet Kim Jong-il, the communist leader of North Korea, during an official state visit to that country.
Madeleine Albright’s Memoir_2003​
​Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice presides over the unveiling of the 
official portrait  of Madeleine Albright, the 64th Secretary of State, 
and the first woman to serve in that post, at the State Department 
 Washington, D.C._April 2008
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright with one of her three 
daughters Alice Albright arrive at the White House for the State
Dinner honoring China’s President Hu Jintao.  
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted the 
State Dinner for President Hu Jintao_January 2011​
Three former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright, 
Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice discuss the 
Arab Spring; the populist uprisings in the Arab world 
 March 2011​
“This is not an American story,” Albright said of the game-changing, riotous public protests in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Iran and Jordan. It is also going to unfold over a long period of time, she said: “There is much I admire about our media, but they are covering this like a short sports event. This is a long story.”
Former Secretary of State Madelaine Albright, former 
President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Prague, Czech Republic_December 2011
International heads of state and dignitaries including Madeleine Albright, Mr. and Mrs. Clinton along with thousands of mourners arrive for the state funeral of former Czech President Vaclav Havel at St. Vitus Cathedral on December 23, 2011 in Prague, Czech Republic. 
Paying their last respects to the dissident playwright who led the Velvet Revolution that forced communist rule in Czechoslovakia to crumble in 1989, and died in the early morning of December 18th in his sleep at the age of 75.
Madeleine Albright photo by 
Deborah Feingold_2006​
For Middle East peace negotiations, Albright often wore a gold dove to symbolize the hope for peace in the Holy Land. This pin was a gift from the widow of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

Read My Pins:  Stories from a Diplomat’s Jewel Box 

From New York Times bestselling author and former secretary of state Madeleine Albright, Read My Pins is a story and celebration of how one woman’s jewelry collection was used to make diplomatic history. Exploring the use of the pin or brooch as a means of personal and diplomatic expression and featuring a gallery of fascinating photographs, this unique, intimate, and revealing biography offers a whole new side of Secretary Albright, one of our most beloved public servants. – September 2009
Museum Exhibition
In September 2009, Albright opened an exhibition of her personal jewelry collection at the Museum of Art and Design in New York City, which ran until January 2010. The collection highlighted the many pins she wore while serving at the United Nations and State Department, including the famous pin showing a snake and apple she wore after the Iraqi press called her “an unparalleled serpent”, and several jeweled insect bugs she wore to meet the Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov after it was discovered the Russian secret service had attempted to bug the State Department.
Part 2:  Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be released later this week.
Camille Mitchell

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