April 28, 1965. 4:40 PM. Ambassador Bennett sends this cable from Santo Domingo to the White House less than two hours after the previous one. It begins: “Regret report situation deteriorating rapidly.”
LBJ’s secretary Juanita Roberts (foreground at her desk, in 1968) hand-delivers it to the President seven minutes after it is received, interrupting a meeting with foreign policy advisors.LBJ Library, National Security File, Country File Dominican Republic, Bennett “HELP,” Box 48, #7c.
Jan. 22, 1997: Madeleine Albright is Confirmed as the First Female Secretary of State
On this day in 1997, Madeleine Albright was confirmed as Secretary of State by the US Senate. Albright was sworn in the following day.
Serving under President Bill Clinton, she worked on issues revolving human rights, business, environmental standards, and focused on areas such as Kosovo, the Middle East and North Korea.
Read Frontline’s interview with Madeleine Albright to learn more about her time as Secretary of State.
Photo: Madeleine Korbel Albright - U.S. Secretary of State, January 23, 1997 – January 20, 2001 (U.S. Department of State)
I think there is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.
Madeleine Albright, 2006
On this day, December 5, 1996, President Bill Clinton nominated Madeleine Albright to become the first woman Secretary of State.
This confidential cable to RFK from the State Department is just one of almost 3,000 pages of records released to the public this week.
Happy 75th birthday Madeleine Albright!
Madeleine Albright was the first woman to become U.S. Secretary of State. Upon her unanimous Senate confirmation in 1997, she was the highest ranking woman in the history of the American government.
On this day in 1937, our 64th Secretary of State was born.
Photo gallery- Madeleine Albright and President Clinton
Portrait courtesy of the traveling exhibit, Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection