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Madeleine Korbelová Albright (born Mey 15, 1937) is the first woman tae hae acome the Unitit States Secretar o State. She wis nominatit bi U.S. Preses Bill Clinton on December 5, 1996, an wis unanimously confirmed bi a U.S. Senate vote o 99–0. She wis sworn in on Januar 23, 1997.

Madeleine Albright
64t Unitit States Secretar o State
In office
Januar 23, 1997 – Januar 20, 2001
Preses Bill Clinton
Precedit bi Warren Christopher
Succeedit bi Colin Powell
20t Unitit States Ambassador tae the Unitit Nations
In office
Januar 27, 1993 – Januar 21, 1997
Preses Bill Clinton
Precedit bi Edward Perkins
Succeedit bi Bill Richardson
Personal details
Born Marie Jana Korbelová
(1937-05-15) 15 Mey 1937 (age 82)
Prague, Czechoslovakie
(now Czech Republic)
Poleetical pairty Democratic
Spoose(s) Joseph Albright (1959–1982)
Bairns Anne
Alma mater Wellesley College
Johns Hopkins Varsity
Columbia Varsity
Religion Episcopalian
(Umwhile Roman Catholicism)[1]

Albright currently serves as a professor o Internaitional Relations at Georgetown Varsity's Walsh Schuil o Foreign Service. She haulds a PhD frae Columbia Varsity an numerous honorary degrees. In Mey 2012, she wis awairdit the Presidential Medal o Freedom bi US Preses Barack Obama.[2] Secretar Albright an aa serves as a director on the board o the Cooncil on Foreign Relations.[3]

Albright is fluent in Inglis, French, Roushie, an Czech; she speaks an reads Pols an Serbo-Croatie as well.[4]


  1. Albright was raised Catholic and is affiliated by choice with an Episcopal church.[1] But traditional Judaism, which considers neither conversion nor nonaffiliation as relevant to Jewish status, considers Albright Jewish based on her mother's having been Jewish.[2] (See Judaism#What makes a person Jewish?)
  2. Cohen, Tom (May 29, 2012). "Albright, Dylan among recipients of Presidential Medal of Freedom". CNN. 
  3. "Board of Directors – Council on Foreign Relations". 2006-05-14. Archived frae the oreeginal on 2010-11-03. Retrieved 2009-06-01. 
  4. Brockes, Emma (2003-10-30). "Interview: Madeleine Albright". The Guardian. London.