Madeleine Albright was the first woman to become Secretary of State in 1996 and remains a strong voice in politics and public life.

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Her family came to the US from Czechoslovak in 1948 when she was only 11 years old. They fled the communist government that had taken hold of their country. However, this wasn’t her first time living in a strange country. During WWII, she spent 2 years as a refugee in London, escaping Nazi aggression in Europe.

On arrival in The US, the Albright family lived in Long Island, before relocating to Denver, where her father was offered a job.

in spite of all these moves, she was able to earn many academic degrees, including a PH.D. Her professional achievements include being U.S Ambassador to the U.N, the aforementioned Secretary of State and a whole host of board chairmanships, advisory roles with prominent officials and organisations.

for more information of this incredible immigrant women, go to www.biography.com