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Madeleine K. Albright
U.S. Secretary of State (1997-2001)

Madeleine Albright served as the 64th Secretary of State of the United States. She was the first woman Secretary of State and the highest-ranking woman in the history of the United States government.

After receiving her B.A. at Wellesley College, Albright studied international relations at Johns Hopkins University before earning her M.A. and Ph.D. at Columbia University. Before her appointment as Secretary of State, she had a diverse career. Albright was Sen. Edward Muskie's Chief Legislative Assistant; a Woodrow Wilson fellow; president of the Center for National Policy; and Research Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Women in Foreign Service Program at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. During President Clinton's first term, Albright served as the United States' Permanent Representative to the United Nations and a member of Clinton's National Security Council.

As Secretary of State, Albright reinforced America’s alliances, advocated democracy and human rights, and promoted American trade and business, labor and environmental standards abroad.

Albright is the first Michael and Virginia Mortara Endowed Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service and the first Distinguished Scholar of the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan Business School. Albright is the Chairman of The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and also serves on the Board of Directors of the New York Stock Exchange. She is a principal in The Albright Group, LLC.

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