Condoleezza Rice, one of the most prominent American diplomat who was the 66th United States Secretary of State. She is often regarded as to be a role model for African American women striving to achieve great heights in their careers, Rice is the first African American woman to ever hold the post of United States Secretary of States. An accomplished professional, she served as an advisor to the National Security Advisor throughout the tenure for the president George Bush, becoming the first woman to be appointed to this position. When she was a child living in race-segregated state of Alabama an aspiring political career was not she thought of. She was an avid musician from the age of three and attended classes in piano and ballet to become an accomplished pianist. While at university, she discovered that she didn’t possess the ability to pursue a career as a professional musician, so she decided to pursue a degree in international politics instead. She was appointed a Professor of Political Science at Stanford University and was selected as the provost of the university due to her brilliance and her strong character. She has always been engaged in politics, and been The National Security Advisor prior to being appointed Secretary of State.
Childhood & Early Life
She was the sole one child to Angelena Rice and John Wesley Rice, Jr. Her mother was a teacher at high school and his father served as counsellor and Presbyterian minister. She was raised in a segregated racially part of Alabama.
She began her studies in ballet and music when she was just three years old. When she was a teenager she was enrolled in piano lessons, and she aspired to be an accomplished concert pianist.
She was a student at St. Mary’s Academy, an all-girls Catholic high school, and graduated in 1971.
She took piano lessons during The Aspen Music Festival and School before attending the University of Denver. There she discovered that she was not gifted enough to become a professional pianist . She took a course on international politics with Josef Korbel. She received her B.A., cum laude in political science in 1974.
Then she attended her home institution, the University of Notre Dame from where she earned her master’s in politics in the year 1975. She then completed the Ph.D. on political science at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver in 1981.
She was appointed an assistant professor in political science at Stanford University in 1981 and was elevated to associate professor in 1987. She remained in the post until 1993.
In the late 1980s, she was appointed the Soviet expert for The United States National Security Council under Brent Scowcroft who was the National Security Advisor.
She was a highly confident and intelligent young lady and was appointed Provost at Stanford University at the age of 23 in 1993. She was an original female Provost and oldest Provost of Stanford history. In her position, she was in charge of managing the multi-billion-dollar budget of the university.
She took a one-year period to leave Stanford University to help George Bush as adviser to foreign policy during his presidential campaign.
She was named to be the National Security Advisor in December 2000. She resigned from Stanford to take up the position. She was a key player in helping Bush develop race-based preferences for university admissions policies.
She was a supporter of her country’s invasion Iraq in 2003 by America in 2003, after Iraq had declared that it was a nuclear power in the United Nations. She was her first National Security Advisor to run for a president who was in office during the presidential election of 2004.
Bush announced the nomination of Rice as Secretary of State on November 4, 2004. The Senate confirmed her nomination with the vote of 85-13 at the beginning of January. She led numerous diplomatic initiatives on behalf of the Bush administration during her time as Secretary of State.
She was a proponent of the expansion of democratically elected governments and believed for her country and the U.S. should advance democratic reforms across in the Middle East. She was a strong advocate of the ‘Transformational Diplomacy’ strategy to protect security, fight poverty, and implement democratic reforms.
She traveled extensively during her time as Secretary of State, and traveled to across 83 countries in the globe. The record she holds is for most miles traveled by an individual in her post. She was removed in 2009 following the demise in the Bush Administration and returned to the academic world.
She was appointed a teacher of political science at Stanford back in 2009. The professor is one of the Thomas as well as Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution.
She was the Secretary of State for the United States from January 2005 until January 2009, the very first African American woman to hold the position. She is renowned for her being the first to pioneer the concept of Transformational Diplomacy, which aims at bringing the process of democratic change to countries particularly those in countries in the Greater Middle East.
Awards & Achievements
She was awarded the U.S. Senator John Heinz Award for Greatest Public Service by an Elected or Appointed Official in 2003 by Jefferson Awards.
She was awarded an award from the U.S. Air Force Academy’s 2009 Thomas D. White National Defense Award for her contribution to security and defense of the United States in 2010.
Personal Life & Legacy
She was briefly married to American footballer Rick Upchurch in the 1970s. The couple broke up in the 1970s.
She was never was married and doesn’t have any children.
She is a talented pianist, and has performed at diplomatic functions at embassies.
The Forbes magazine called her the’most powerful woman on the planet in 2004 and 2005.