March 6, 2023
Madeleine Albright was born Marie Jana Korbelova on May 15, 1937 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. Her father was a press attaché at the Chech embassy in Yugoslavia, which was communist control at the time. As a result of her parent’s opposition to Marxist theory in public schools, she was homeschooled until the family fled the country following the communist coup d’état.
The family spent some time in Switzerland before coming to the United States by way of Ellis island. It was there that she officially became Madeleine Korbel.
Madeline attended Wellesley College and Columbia University, where she obtained a PhD in Soviet Diplomacy. She became at chief legislative assistant to Senator Ed Musky who later, recruited her to work in his office, when he became National Security Advisor under President Carter.
After the Carter administration, Madeline became a professor of Eastern European studies at Georgetown University. In 1992 she was hired by the Clinton administration to serve on the national security council which eventually led to her nomination as US Ambassador to the United Nations. It was upon President Clinton’s reelection in 1996 that Madeline was nominated to become United States Secretary of State. She was the first woman to hold this position.
For women’s history month, we pay tribute and honor Madeleine Albright for being a brave immigrant, inspirational woman, and formidable representative of the United States.