Condoleezza Rice was the first ever black woman to serve as the national security advisor to the United States and went on to be the first black woman to serve as the US Secretary of State, a position she held from between 2005 and 2009,
Growing up in Birmingham Alabama, all through her youth and childhood Condoleezza Rice was faced with racism but she never let this hold her back and spent her entire life being a trailblazer.
Not only was Condoleezza Rice the first black woman to hold positions of great importance within the US government, she was also the first black woman to serve as provost of Standford University.
Condoleezza Rice served in the government of President George W. Bush but began her political career in the mid 1980’s when she spent some time in Washington DC working as an international affairs fellow attached to the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Her background led her to then become the director of Soviet and East European affairs with the National Security Council in 1989, she then moved on to take the post on the Federal Advisory Committee on Gender Integrated Training in the Military.
During her term as Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice was known for pushing her department to “Transformational Diplomacy”. Through this she aimed to build a sustainable democracy with well governed states all over the world and with strong links in particular to the Middle East.
Condoleezza Rice became the face of the US during her time as Secretary of State travelling the world and helping to build diplomatic bridges with countries while advocating that all those based in foreign countries needed to learn the host language to improve relationships.
Speaking about her career, Condoleezza Rice said: “I think my father thought I might be president of the United States. I think he would’ve been satisfied with secretary of state. I’m a foreign policy person and to have a chance to serve my country as the nation’s chief diplomat at a time of peril and consequence, that was enough.” She added that her future plans are focused on being an educator, not a politician.
“I’ll go back and be a happy Stanford faculty member,” Rice said. “And, obviously, I’ll do what I can to help this ticket. But my life is in Palo Alto. My future is with my students at Stanford and in public service on issues that I care about like education reform.”