Madeleine Albright 2003

The Event

Greenfield Sanders

Madeleine Albright

Madame Secretary: A Memoir
14 October 2003

The John Adams Institute proudly presented an evening with former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who was talking about her autobiography Madame Secretary: A Memoir.

This autobiography recounts her childhood in the 1930’s as the daughter of a Czechoslovakian diplomat, the family’s flight to London where they spent World War II, their emigration to the United States in 1948, her determination to continue her studies while raising three daughters, and the painful breakdown of her marriage.

This first-hand account brings to life the world leaders and politicians she met and worked with during her years of public service, and the real difficulties of being the only woman at the table. President Clinton acknowledged her valuable contributions by appointing her in 1992 to head up the U.S. delegation to the United Nations and serve as permanent U.S. representative to that body. Later he appointed her as U.S. Secretary of State.

Madeleine Albright is an archetype of a generation of women whose education equipped them for high-flying careers, but not for the compromises they were forced to make as wives and mothers.

Jan Donkers, writer and VPRO Dutch radio foreign editor, conducted the interview.

With thanks to Publishing House Ambo/Anthos


The Speaker:

Madeleine Korbelová Albright (born May 15, 1937) was the first woman to become the United States Secretary of State. She was nominated by U.S. President Bill Clinton on December 5, 1996, and was unanimously confirmed by a U.S. Senate vote of 99–0. She was sworn in on January 23, 1997.

Albright currently serves as a Professor of International Relations at Georgetown University‘s Walsh School of Foreign Service. She holds a PhD from Columbia University and numerous honorary degrees. In May 2012, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by US President Barack Obama.[3] Secretary Albright also serves as a Director on the Board of the Council on Foreign Relations.[4]

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Publication on the Memoir in “William and Mary Journal of Women and the Law”

Madam Secretary Albright Memoir 2003

Albright on her Memoir for BookTV

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