A woman of great passion and intelligence, Madeleine Albright served as the first female Secretary of State in American history. During her tenure (1997- 2001), she worked to advance human rights, curb nuclear weapons, enlarge NATO, and mend Arab-Israeli relations. A fierce advocate for democracy, she received many awards and accolades, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Madeleine Albright passed away yesterday (March 23, 2022) at the age of 84.
My favorite quotations from Madeleine Alright:
It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.
Our collective experience has shown that when women have the power to make their own choices, good things happen.
I have very set and consistent principles, but I am flexible on tactics.
I was taught to strive not because there were any guarantees of success but because the act of striving is in itself the only way to keep faith with life.
Whatever the job you are asked to do at whatever level, do a good job because your reputation is your résumé.
There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.
The difference between humans and other mammals is that we know how to accessorize.
The best book, like the best speech, will do it all—make us laugh, think, cry and cheer—preferably in that order.
History is written backwards but lived forwards.
The real question is: Who has the responsibility to uphold human rights? The answer to that is: Everyone.