Forward NYCR Honors Prominent Women During Women’s History Month ; Condoleezza Rice
Condoleezza Rice was born on November 14 , 1954 in Birmingham , Alabama. She served as the 66th United State Secretary of State under the George Bush administration. Rice was the first African American woman to hold that position. She was also President Bush’s National Security Advisor during his first term, making her the first woman to serve in that position.
Rice recalls that her childhood growing up during racial segregation taught her determination against adversity, and the need to be “twice as good” as non-minorities ; Segregation also hardened her stance on the right to bear arms.
After she was confirmed as Secretary of State, Rice pioneered the policy of Transformational Diplomacy directed toward expanding the number of responsible democratic governments in the world and especially in the Greater Middle East.