Celebrating Women’s History Month: March 29

29 Mar

Honoring Madeleine Albright

Today I would like to honor and pay tribute to Madeleine Albright. Albright was the first woman to become Secretary of State in the U.S. under the Clinton Administration. Rather sad that it was not until 1997 that we finally had our first woman Secretary of State. Let’s hope we see the first woman President in my lifetime.

I know the right wing hate anything that smacks of intelligence, given the anti-intellectual platforms from the Tea Party and our former President, so I imagine Albright, who is fluent in five different languages, has many detractors on the far right. Albright is an alumna of  Wellesley College, where she was on a full scholarship.

Albright has a great understanding of how we are all connected and how we must see our selves as global citizens. Albright is even critical of the UN and of herself regarding the genocide in Rwanda:

My deepest regret from my years in public service is the failure of the United States and the international community to act sooner to halt these crimes.

Even now, Albright is a diplomat for social justice. She currently serves as an Honorary Chair for the World Justice Project. The  World Justice Project works to lead a global, multidisciplinary effort to strengthen the Rule of Law for the development of communities of opportunity and equity.

My hope is that as a nation we will see the value in having intellectually superior leaders in the US representing us on the world stage and not someone that shows great disdain for the power of intellect.

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