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.
Rice started her work with George W. Bush as foreign policy advisor to his 2000 presidential campaign. She went on to be appointed National Security Advisor, making her the first woman in that cabinet position. After the 9/11 attacks, she was instrumental in America's wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
During President Bush's second term, Rice served as Secretary of State ' the second woman, and the first African American woman to hold that position. In her role as Secretary of State, Rice worked diligently to promote democracy around the world. She re-structured the State Department, focusing on a strategy known as "Transformational Diplomacy," which re-allocated State Department diplomats around the world and focused regional and transnational solutions.
Once her tenure as Secretary of State was over, Condoleeza Rice went back to Stanford University. She works as a professor in the areas of business, economics, public policy, and political science. She also co-founded RiceHadleyGates, a consultancy firm that specializes in helping businesses to expand globally. She remains an influential voice on the national stage. With increasing global threats from Iran and North Korea, and decreasing stability across the West due to economic turmoil, Condoleeza's intellect and talent for diplomacy would be an extremely welcome addition to the current administration.