Madeleine Albright, First Female Secretary of State: “She saw her adopted homeland as a moral beacon and indispensable nation for resolving international conflicts”

From a Washington Post obit by John Otis headlined “Madeleine Albright, first female secretary of state, dies at 84”:

Madeleine K. Albright, who came to the United States as an 11-year-old political refu­gee from Czechoslovakia and decades later was an ardent and effective advocate against mass atrocities in Eastern Europe while serving as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and the first female secretary of state, died March 23 in Washington.

Before Dr. Albright, the inner sanctum of U.S. foreign policymaking had been an almost exclusively male domain. In many ways, her politically fraught early life — enduring Nazi and communist repression — impelled her rise to the highest levels of international politics.