We Need Condoleeza

My latest column is up on AND Magazine!

Here is an excerpt:

When Condoleeza Rice came on the national scene during the George W. Bush administration, many Americans had no idea who she was. Over time, as details about this remarkable woman came out, Rice gained a lot quickly became a well-respected figure in American politics, though even a woman with Condoleeza Rice’s qualifications was not without controversy.

 

Condoleeza Rice was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1954. She began learning music and foreign languages at a very young age, and excelled academically, graduating from high school at the age of 16, and going on to earn her bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Denver, her master’s from Notre Dame, and her PhD from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver. She first began her work in government in 1977, as an employee of the State Department during the Carter administration.

 

Since then, Condoleeza’s talents and education have allowed her to excel in both the private and public sectors. She has worked both as an assistant and associate professor at Stanford University, and served on the U.S. National Security Council, where she advised President George H. W. Bush in dealing with the Soviet Union. During the 1990s, she did work for Chevron as a board member for that company, helping them to negotiate a development deal in Kazakhstan. She eventually went back to Stanford, where she became Provost – the youngest Provost in Standford’s history, and the first female. She also became a full professor.

 

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