Madeleine Albright, First Female Secretary of State, Dies at 84

Madeleine Albright, the first female Secretary of State in U.S. history, has died, according to CNN. She was 84.

Albright served as the 64th Secretary of State from 1997-2001 under President Bill Clinton. She was credited with helping steer U.S. foreign policy after the Cold War, and in 2012 she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.

She was born on May 15, 1937, in Czechoslovakia, and she and her family moved to the United States in 1948. She became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1957, then attended Wellesley College and studied political science, graduating in 1959. After getting her PhD from Columbia, she worked for several politicians in Washington D.C., conducted international research and went on to be a major foreign policy advisor for the Democratic Party.

Geraldine Ferraro and Michael Dukakis both enlisted Albright as an advisor in 1984 and 1988, and in 1993 Clinton nominated her to be a U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

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