Condoleezza Rice, 1954

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    Condoleezza Rice, 1954

    An American politician and educator, the first African-American woman to serve as the National Security Adviser, and the first African-American woman to serve as the US Secretary of State.

    Born in Alabama, and at the age of 3, began learning music, ballet, French, and figure skating. She also learned to play the piano and wanted to be a concert pianist. Later on, her family moved to Denver, Colorado, where Rice graduated high school at age 16. She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science at age 20, and after seven years she earned her Ph.D. in international studies.
    When she was 27 years old, she joined Stanford University and began her three-decade career as a political science professor. Years later she became the first African-American women to serve as Provost at Stanford University.
     
    Condoleezza Rice began her political career when she was working as an international affairs fellow attached to the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, D.C. Afterwards, she became the director of Soviet and East European affairs with the National Security Council and served as a special assistant to President George H.W. Bush during the final days of the Soviet Union.
     
    At age 43 President George W. Bush appointed her as the National Security Adviser, by that she became the first African-American woman, and the second woman, to hold that position. Four years later, Rice became the first African-American woman to serve as the US Secretary of State. After Bush Administration ended, she returned to Stanford University and joined the Council on Foreign Relations.
     
    Rice published more than 10 books, some about politics and some about the memories and experiences of her family and herself at the White House.
     

    “What you know today can affect what you do tomorrow. But what you know today cannot affect what you did yesterday”

    “What you know today can affect what you do tomorrow. But what you know today cannot affect what you did yesterday”

     


    More Interesting Anecdotes:

    • She was one of the first two women to be admitted as members of the prestigious Augusta National Golf Club.
    • Appeared as herself in the sitcom ’30 Rock’.
    • She performed as a pianist with cellist Yo-Yo Ma and singer Aretha Franklin.
    • She appeared four times on the Time 100 list of the worlds’ 100 most influential people.
  • More About Her Legacy
    Creations By and About Her:

    * Her Memoir
    * Her Biography by Christin Ditchfield

    Awards:

    * Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun
    * Doctor of Public Service from the University of Louisville
    * Doctor of Humane Letters from Michigan State University

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    Condoleezza Rice on #MeToo: Let's not turn women into snowflakes

    Former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said that while she believes the #MeToo movement is "a good thing," people need "to be a little bit careful" about how they respond to it.

  • Rice at a press conference in Berlin, 2007. Photo credit - 360b / Shutterstock.


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