One of the most popular shows on television right now is Madam Secretary. The show’s popularity is due in no small part because the storyline showcases a woman in an important decision making position in our government. Something that seems to be lacking in our current administration. I thought we might like to have a refresher on the original Madam Secretary Madeleine Albright.
Adolf Hitler forced the family into exile because of their political beliefs and Madeleine and her family spent the war years in Britain. They first lived on Kensington Park Road in Notting Hill, London, where they endured the worst of the Blitz. Madeleine remembers hiding under a large metal table, to protect the family from the recurring threat of Nazi air raids.
After the war, her family moved back to Czechoslovakia but in 1948 they had to flee their homeland once again because of the Communist takeover of the Czech Government.
Madeleine graduated from Wesley College and began her career assisting in two presidential campaigns. She then became a National Security Advisor under President Jimmy Carter.
Madeleine Albright went on to become the first woman to serve as the U.S. Secretary of State. She served as the 64th United States Secretary of State and the 20th United States Ambassador to the United Nations. She accomplished while simultaneously being a wife and a mother to three children.
Since retirement Madeleine has stayed active in shaping world history. In 2007, she was the chairperson at the Women’s Ministerial Initiative organized by the Council of Women World Leaders. The following year, she supported Hillary Clinton in the Presidential campaign.
Madeleine is widely quoted as saying: “There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.”
MADELEINE ALBRIGHT YOU ROCK!
I invite you to share a link to your story of an inspiring woman. I will try to share your post over the weekend.