Madeleine Albright’s Inspiring Story


My mother recently took me to see Madeleine Albright at a book signing. She was the first woman to become the United States Secretary of State. She later received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. I have to say, I was expecting to be bored, but I was amazed.

Madeleine Albright was born in Czechoslovakia on May 15, 1937. She had barely begun to walk when she and her family fled from Czechoslovakia and Nazis during World War Ⅱ.

When the war was over, Ms. Albright and her family moved back again, only to move to Denver, Colorado, this time due to the Communist takeover of their country. They were welcomed to America as refugees.

She said that, after moving, it took a long time to “find her voice”.

Now, at 80 years old, she has adopted the slogan, “See something, say something, do something.” and believes in immigration and diversity.

Albright teaches at a school with lots of foreign students, and says, “Children are filled with hope, and that needs to be nourished.” She also believes children need to be listened to.

During the Q&A section, someone asked, “How do young people make their voice heard over adults?”

Albright answered that you need to know what to say, and to educate yourself.

Another question asked was about students saying their votes for the presidency or in other elections don’t count. Ms. Albright answered firmly that it does count and people stand in long lines for the privilege of voting.

Towards the end of her speech she said, “It’s an honor to grow up American.”

I sat in the car ride home, thinking how lucky I was to “grow up American. Madeleine Albright is a great role model for young girls and really inspired me to think in every situation to think about what is right.