Meet Condoleezza Rice

A Great American

Condoleezza Rice, nominated by George W. Bush on November 14, 2004, took office as Secretary of State on January 26, 2005. She made history as the first African-American woman to hold this position, serving until January 20, 2009. Born on November 14, 1954, in Birmingham, Alabama, Rice earned her degrees from the University of Denver and the University of Notre Dame. Her career included roles at Stanford University and as National Security Advisor before becoming Secretary of State. During her tenure, she advocated for “Transformational Diplomacy,” negotiated Middle Eastern agreements, addressed human rights issues in Iran, and played a key role in the U.S.-India nuclear cooperation agreement.

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