A. Brown: Condoleezza Rice


Government Official, Condoleezza Rice, was born on November 14, 1954 in Birmingham, Alabama. She’s the only child of a Presbyterian minister and teacher. Although, she was surrounded by racism and segregation, she did not allow it to stop her from being successful.

Rice received her Bachelors in Political Science in 1974 at the University of Denver, her Masters in 1975 at the University of Notre Dame, and her Ph.D at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of International Studies in 1981. Also in 1981, she became a political science professor at Stanford University. In 1989, Rice became the director of Soviet and East European affairs with the National Security Council, and special assistant to President George H.W. Bush.  In 1997, she served on the Federal Advisory Committee on Gender – Integrated Training in the Military.

Her success didn’t stop! In fact, in 2001 is when she became the first black woman and second woman to be the National Security Adviser. From 2005 to 2009 is when she was U.S. Secretary of State, as well as the nation’s 66th Secretary of State. “Her transformational diplomacy was building and sustaining democratic, well-governed states around the world and the Middle East in particular.”

I think that war did provide the opportunity for her, but I also think that wanting to leave where she’s from gave her that extra push to make a change or be a woman with power.




2 thoughts on “A. Brown: Condoleezza Rice

  1. This is a great fact to know during black history month. She overcame so much racism and it seems as if education was really important to her. It’s inspiring reading about empowered women in the media who withstood so much challenges just because they were a women.-T.Johnson

  2. I didn’t know many things about her until this blog. I knew she was the only black women to be the National Security Adviser and I love how she didn’t let gender roles play a part in her dreams

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