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First Female US Secretary Of State, Madeleine Albright Dies At 84

Madeleine Albright started out as a child refugee from Nazi- and then Soviet-dominated Eastern Europe. In the end, she rose to become the first female US secretary of state and a mentor to many current and former American statesmen and women.

In an unfortunate turn of events, she died on Wednesday of cancer at the age of 84 according to her family.

Despite being a staunch Democrat, Madeleine worked to bring Republicans into her circle.

In 1996, president Bill Clinton selected her to become the country’s top diplomat. This elevated her from U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

There, she had only been the second woman to hold the job at the time.

In the history of the United States government, Madeleine was the highest ranking female at the position of Secretary of State. She however couldn’t be next in line for succession of the presidency because of her then Czechoslovakia origin.

Regardless, Madeleine Albright generally received constant admiration for breaking the glass ceiling, even from her political detractors.“We have lost a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend,” her family said in a statement.

President Joe Biden ordered flags at the White House and other federal buildings and grounds to be flown at half-staff until March 27.

“America had no more committed champion of democracy and human rights than Secretary Albright. She knew personally and wrote powerfully of the perils of autocracy,” Biden said.

Condolence messages have since poured in from dignitaries and other notables like former US president George W. Bush, Hilary Clinton, among others.

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