Madeleine Albright, the first woman to serve as U.S. Secretary of State in the late 1990s, died at the age of 84 on Wednesday, March 23. “She was a pioneer,” said U.S. diplomatic spokesman Ned Price.
Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, the first woman to hold that position in the U.S. government, died Wednesday, March 23, at the age of 84, her family announced in a statement.
Head of diplomacy between 1997 and 2001, in the administration of Democratic President Bill Clinton, Madeleine Albright died of cancer, according to her family, who salute “a tireless defender of democracy and human rights”.
“She was a pioneer”
Madeleine Albright was born on May 15, 1937 in Prague to a Jewish family. 11 years later, her family emigrated to the United States, where her brilliant studies allowed her to reach the highest steps of power.
Just before taking over as head of U.S. diplomacy, she served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations (1993-1997), where she made her mark, particularly during the U.S. offensive in Kosovo.
U.S. diplomatic spokesman Ned Price called her death “devastating”. “She was a pioneer,” he said. “As the first female secretary of state, she literally paved the way for much of our profession.”
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