#TBT: Madeleine Albright sworn in

It only took the U.S. 217 years to name its first female Secretary of State.

When Madeline Albright became the first female secretary of state

The day after her unanimous confirmation by the U.S. Senate, Madeline Albright is sworn in as America’s first female secretary of state by Vice President Al Gore at the White House. As head of the U.S. State Department, Albright was the highest ranking female official in U.S. history, a distinction that led some to declare that the “glass ceiling” preventing the ascension of women in government had been lifted.

Biography of the Secretary

Albright was born Maria Jana Korbelova in Czechoslovakia in 1937 and fled to the United States with her family in 1948 after the communist takeover. She studied law and government at Columbia University in New York City and graduated with a Ph.D. During the 1970s, she served as a staff member on the National Security Council and at the White House and in 1989 became president of the nonprofit Center for National Policy. In January 1993, she was appointed the permanent U.S. representative to the United Nations by President Bill Clinton, where she earned a reputation as a tough, straight-talking negotiator with a personal touch. In December 1996, she was nominated by Clinton to replace Warren Christopher as secretary of state, the most important and powerful post in the president’s Cabinet.

Swearing in ceremony with President Clinton

“America is strong, our principles are ascendant, and our leadership both respected and welcome in most corners of the world. But if we are complacent or timid, or unwilling to look beyond our borders, our citizens will not prosper and the framework of American leadership and the foundation of American security we have built could crumble with twenty-first century speed. I will do all I can to validate your trust, and thus of the United States Senate. Because of your leadership, and the courage and productivity of our people I will begin my service as Secretary of State with the wind at my back” cited from THIS DAY IN HISTORY.

Madam Secretary

On January 26, 2005, Condoleezza Rice was sworn in by President George W. Bush as the nation’s second female secretary of state. Hillary Clinton became the third in 2009. Albright paved the way for future female secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice Hillary Clinton.


01/23/2020 2:57 PM


  • Roperto A.
    02/01/2020 04:26

    Es es serio Odón mentiras porque es atroms y msrknlos que defienden no la contitusion

  • Randal C.
    01/30/2020 16:12

    Everyone forgets she was the one that gave nuclear energy to North Korea. Look what we're dealing with now

  • Dalton N.
    01/30/2020 12:20

    Yeah. It look what come after that.

  • Gary W.
    01/30/2020 01:25


  • David P.
    01/29/2020 14:40

    Dumbest move we as a nation ever made in respect to foreign relations. Arabs DO NOT respect women. Just look at the unrest/wars that followed these appointments. I'm no chauvinist, I'm just pointing out facts. You don't send a child to negotiate with Men. And you don't send a representative that your opponent has no respect for.

  • Johnny B.
    01/29/2020 13:25

    And what a mistake it was mercy.

  • Bob H.
    01/29/2020 03:13

    and boy was that a mistake....

  • Allen A.
    01/28/2020 15:39

    She also said Christians were the worst threat to the united states and then torched the people at Waco

  • Mike B.
    01/28/2020 15:08

    You mean Halfbright.

  • Olvin O.
    01/27/2020 00:51

    Ok... in 1997 the U.S was 201 years old as a country.. how in the world took 217 years ???

  • Jerry G.
    01/26/2020 22:37

    Ask her about the children at Waco . Press was 2 miles away .

  • Karol L.
    01/26/2020 21:55

    AND she warned us about trump, explaining the Russian term “useful idiot “& what it means

  • Gail S.
    01/25/2020 15:58

    I want the most qualified person in the job.........not just their gender! And the job should never go to the "runner up" in an election because she was promised something if she stood behind the winner.........that was what Hillary got and did and she was a terrible choice. Our country needs to look for the best person for the job, not just a "party" person. I believe there are many who are truly qualified, but are overlooked because the media ends up pushing one of their favorites!

  • Божо В.
    01/25/2020 08:10

    It's really funny that America always has enemies...

  • Nancy E.
    01/25/2020 01:11

    That was Hillary's choice bill would have taken Madonna

  • Marty C.
    01/25/2020 00:26

    She was way better than Hillary.

  • Karunakaran Y.
    01/25/2020 00:19

    Pl.mark the words"Defend Constitution against all enemies foreign and "Domestic" This word Domestic is missing in our oath.Pl add this atleast now

  • Darbel A.
    01/24/2020 22:56


  • Michael M.
    01/24/2020 22:27

    Flush the cheat and cowardly 💩nov.3rd

  • Michael S.
    01/24/2020 20:31

    She looks just as corrupt as killary!!

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