Madeleine Albright, the First Female U.S. Secretary of State, Has Died at 84 Years Old

Political juggernaut Dr. Madeleine Albright passed away at the age of 84 on March 23, 2022. The cause of death was cancer, as announced by her family on Twitter.

“We are heartbroken to announce that Dr. Madeleine K. Albright, the 64th U.S. Secretary of State and the first woman to hold that position passed away earlier today. The cause was cancer,” the statement read. “She was surrounded by family and friends. We have lost a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend.”

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Albright emigrated with her family from Czechoslovakia in 1948. She built her career in political campaigns and in nonprofit work and became a professor at Georgetown. In 1993, President Clinton appointed her ambassador to the United Nations and made her his secretary of state, the first woman to hold the position, in 1997. At the time Albright was the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. She held the position until George W. Bush took office in 2001.

Among other accomplishments, Madeleine Albright was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012, and in 1995, she was one of the Glamour. She also coined the iconic phrase “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other.”


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