In the 1950’s and 60’s it was almost unheard of for a woman to reach the height of power that women have now achieved in American society today.
We are going to look at two of them and let learn you a little bit more about them.
When you finish reading you may become aware just how much society has changed and perhaps a glimmering of how much more it will change in the future.
Madeleine Albright Was the First Woman to hold the position of Secretary of State under the Clinton Administration. This being the highest office held by a woman in US history.
Going from doing Grant research in 1980, in 1993, she became the Ambassador to the United Nations, to finally sworn in 1997 as secretary of State.
She became a singular diplomat during the Clinton years. She was often outspoken in her criticism of the U.N. and its policies.
Her feelings about the Then U.N. Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali made headlines all over the world.
She also became famous for the one-liner “This is not cojones. This is cowardice.”, Referring to the Cuban Air Force’s downing of two unarmed light aircraft flown by a Cuban-American Exile group.
Throughout her career, she was a hardnosed and outspoken diplomat that helped steer the country trough the turbulent waters of this time in which saw the return of Hong Kong back to China.
In the year 2000, she met with Kim Jong-Il, leader of North Korea being the highest-ranking American ever to do so.
She now serves as the Chair of The Albright Stonebridge Group and the advisory council for The Hague’s Institute for Global Justice.
Condoleezza Rice was the first black women to hold a position on a presidential cabinet when she replaced Colin Powell.
A graduate from Stanford, holding 3 degrees, one being a doctorate in Political Science, expert in Russian and International security issues.
She went on to hold positions as National Security Advisor and later as Secretary of State under President George W. Bush.
During her stint before and during the Bush administration she became one of the Vulcans.
A name given to the team of special advisors to President Bush and were later all given high government positions. Followers of Leo Strauss they attempted to put many of his ideas of political theory into practice. Especially with respect to America’s perceived, part to play in what has now been called the “New World Order.” This also was time when the term “Neocon” was coined to describe those who followed these philosophies, which preached a strong America dominating world affairs.
Now, Condoleezza has returned to Stanford where she is a professor of Political Science and is currently involve in the “Ban Bossy” movement.
Because of its perceived harmful effects of the word, “Bossy” has on young people.
These two women in their time did much to change the image of woman in America and their role in US government. In the next presidential election, we may see the first woman president. Thanks to the hard work and sacrifice of these two woman that help pave the way for more women in government and perhaps the White House as well.