MAKING HISTORY: Madeleine Albright Becomes First Female Secretary of State
In honor of Women's History Month, we are celebrating with 31 days of women's history! Every day in March, we will highlight an historic moment, as told through the personal stories of our MAKERS.
Today we honor the woman who became the first female U.S. Secretary of State, MAKER Madeleine Albright. From driving carpools to volunteering for Democratic politcal campaigns to earning her PhD while raising a family to getting her first paying job as a legislative assistant at age 39 to working her way through the political world, long road or not, Madeleine Albright would eventually break ground and become the first female Secretary of State of the United States.
Nominated by President Bill Clinton on December 5, 1996, Albright was unanimously confirmed by a U.S. Senate vote of 99–0 and sworn in on January 23, 1997.
When asked if she would take the call if the President were to call Albright responded:
"That's crazy, of course I'd take the call!"