Madeleine Albright was born in Czechoslovakia in 1937. Her father, Josef Korbel, was a Czech diplomat.
Madeleine Albright with her family in Czechoslovakia. After the Soviets took over Czechoslovakia in 1948, Madeleine's family defected to the United States.
In 1955, Madeleine entered Wellesley College for women, where she recounts that although they were trained to think and be intellectuals, most of the women were just looking to get married.
In fact, Madeleine got married three days after graduating from college.
Soon after her wedding, Madeleine got pregant and had twins.
Madeleine with one of her three children.
Over the next 15 years, while being a mother and wife, Madeleline started working on her Ph.D. and volunteered at Democratic political campaigns. In 1976 she was hired by Senator Ed Muskie to be a legislative assistant. She was 39 years old, and it was her first paying job.
In 1982, Albright joined the academic staff at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
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Albright's focus was in Eastern European studies.
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She also directed the University's program on women in global politics.
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Madeleine Albright stands among President-elect Bill Clinton's foreign policy appointees in 1992 where she is appointed as United Nations Ambassador.
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U.S. ambassador to the UN, Madeleine Albright meets with Czech Republic President Vaclav Havel in January 1994.
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Madeleine Albright at a UN roundtable.
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Ambassador to the United Nations Madeleine Albright presents a poster of the Fourth Women Conference during her meeting with Myanmar political leader Aung San Suu Kyi at her residence in Rangoon in 1995.
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When 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.
Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright.
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in meeting with President Bill Clinton.
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in the Oval Office.
Madeline Albright addresses Northeastern graduates in 2000.
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Albright throws the first pitch at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland.
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Leaders and ministers from the Denver Summit of the Eight pose for a group photograph after the final meetings. Spot the only woman?
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Secretary of State Madeleine Albright poses with Vietnamese kids who suffer from eye and mouth deformations during her visit at Ho Chi Minh City's Institute of Inspedonto Stomology in 1997.
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President Bill Clinton with Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
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Secretary of State Madeleine Albright shakes hands with Japanese Foreign Minister Masahiko Koumura (L) and South Korean Foreign Minister Park Chung-Soo (R) at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York.
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Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in meetings during an intensive U.S. push to seal a new interim Mideast peace accord.
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Madeleine Albright, Sherry Lansing and Gloria Steinem, all honorees at The Center for the Advancement of Women's 10th Anniversary Gala.
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Madeleine Albright at the Museum of Art and Design looking over the exhibit created in her honor "Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection."
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