Madeleine Albright - Biography

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Madeleine Albright has the distinction and honor of becoming the first women U.S. Secretary of State. She was an outstanding diplomat and a brilliant ambassador, but most all, she was a true inspiration to women. One cannot help but to admire the synchronization between her life as a secretary and a mother. The duality is perfectly aligned with each other. Her political career is an astounding example of the higher capability and intellect of a woman. Born on May 15, 1937, in Prague, Czechoslovakia, Madeleine Albright was the second daughter of Jose and Anna Korbel. She had a brother, John and sister, Katherine. Nazi occupation made her family flee to England, although they returned to postwar Czechoslovakia in 1945, only to find their home country being submerged into Soviet Empire. A major portion of her life was spent in the belief that her family fled for political reasons, but it was only until 1997 that she came to know the truth that her family was Jewish and that three of her grandparents were victims of the holocaust. In 1948, her family moved to United States when she was only eleven. (Nolan, 2) America proved to be fortunate for the moving family as immediately after their settlement, School of International Studies at the University of Denver selected her father as Dean. Mainly, her schooling was done at Kent Denver School in Denver. In 1959, she graduated from Wesley College with a B.A. with honors in political science on a scholarship. Joseph Medill Paterson, a member of the Medill newspaper-publishing family, married her the same year, together they raised three daughters; twins Anne and Alice, and Katie. Even with the difficult job of upbringing her children, she managed to earn a degree of M.A. in Public Law and Government from School of Advanced International Studies and a certificate from the Russian Institute, both at Columbia

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