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Madeleine Albright, the first female secretary of state, dies aged 84

Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. (Photo: AP)

Madeleine Albright’s family said in a statement:

“We are heartbroken to announce that Dr. Madeleine K Albright, the 64th Secretary of State of the United States and the first woman to hold that office, passed away today. It is caused by cancer. She is surrounded by family and friends We have lost a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.

Madeleine Albright, born Marie Jana Korbelova, is a native of Prague, who came to the United States as a refugee in 1948 and rose to great heights in American policymaking, being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012 , the nation’s highest civilian title.

A tireless advocate for democracy and human rights, at the time of her death she was a professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, President of the Albright Stonebridge Group, part of Dentons Global Advisors, and President of the Albright Stonebridge Group. Albright Capital Management, President of the Harry S Truman Fellowship, President of the National Democratic Institute, Chairman of the US Defense Policy Committee, and an author.

She founded the Albright Institute for Global Affairs at Wellesley University, served as a lifetime trustee of the Aspen Institute, and is a member of the Washington National chapter of the Church. She passed away at the age of 84.

The first female US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright died at the age of 84 - Photo 1.

Ms. Albright was appointed US Secretary of State in 1997. (Photo: Sky News)

Ms. Albright is the daughter of a Czechoslovak diplomat who was forced into exile after the Nazi occupation of the country in 1939. She moved with her family to Colorado in the US from Czechoslovakia in 1948.

Ms. Albright became a US citizen in 1957, then became an aide to Senator Edmund Muskie before taking up a position on the US National Security Council.

She was a central figure in the administration of former US President Bill Clinton, initially serving as US Ambassador to the United Nations.

In 1997, she became America’s top diplomat when he succeeded Warren Christopher as US Secretary of State.

At the time of her appointment, Alright was the highest-ranking woman in US government history.

She was involved in American foreign policy after the Cold War, advising the US Democratic presidential candidates.

In May 2012, Ms. Albright was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by then US President Barack Obama.

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