It doesn’t much matter what your politics are, I think we can all agree that Madeleine Albright is a woman of courage. She was the first woman to be appointed Secretary of State (there have been two more women since – I’d say we might be learning that female skills are darned important in that arena!), but Albright was courageous in other areas before that prestigious post.
Born in Czechoslovakia in 1937, her family fled to England just ahead of the Nazi invasion, and converted from the Jewish faith to Catholicism. Albright didn’t learn of her true roots until later in life, when she also learned that the Holocaust claimed the lives of three of her grandparents. The family arrived in the U.S. in 1948, and Albright began an impressive educational and professional journey that brought her to the attention of the nation.
Today is Madeleine Albright’s birthday. I think we owe her a big thanks and a wish for a fulfilling year ahead. Three cheers, Madam Secretary!