The National Women’s Hall of Fame is saddened to learn of the passing of 1998 Inductee Madeleine Korbel Albright.

“As a refugee whose family fled first from the Nazis and later from the Communists, Secretary Albright represents the highest ideals and aspirations of immigrants who come to America and make a profound difference,” said Jennifer Gabriel, the Hall’s Executive Director.  “As the first female Secretary of State and a leader in international relations, she helped change the course of history and set a new standard for women around the world. Her legacy is enduring and one that will forever have a home at the National Women’s Hall of Fame.”

In 1997, Secretary Albright was unanimously confirmed as the 64th United States Secretary of State. In that role and as a U.S. representative to the United Nations before that, she created policies that helped guide the world into a new century of peace and prosperity.  Among her achievements were ratification of the Chemical Weapons Convention and progress toward stability in Eastern and Central Europe.  In 2012, Secretary Albright received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The National Women’s Hall of Fame offers its sincere condolences to Secretary Albright’s family and friends, and to all who mourn her loss across the globe.