Condoleezza Rice Facts

Condoleezza Rice Facts
Condoleezza Rice is an American diplomat and politician who became most famous for serving as the 66th Secretary of State for the United States, under President George W. Bush's administration. She was born November 14, 1954, in Birmingham, Alabama, to Angelena Rice and John Wesley Rice Jr. who were both educators. The name Condoleezza is derived from the term con dolcezza, meaning 'with sweetness' in Italian. Condoleezza grew up in Birmingham and then Tuscaloosa, when segregation was still rampant. She later attended Catholic high school in Denver, Colorado and graduated at the age of 16. She studied music in university but switched to politics.
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As a very young child Condoleezza learned French, ballet, and figure skating. She took up piano at 15 and thought she would become a concert pianist.
Condoleezza earned a B.A. from the University of Denver in 1974, a Master's degree at the University of Notre Dame in 1975, and a Ph.D. from the University of Denver in 1981.
Despite not becoming a concert pianist Condoleezza continued to play music and performed at the National Medal of Arts Award in 2002, accompanying Yo-Yo Ma at Constitution Hall.
While studying at the University of Denver, one of Condoleezza's professors was the father of Madeleine Albright, Josef Korbel.
In 1981 Condoleezza was appointed as professor of political science at Stanford University.
In 1986 Condoleezza was an international affairs fellow to Council on Foreign Affairs and was appointed as Special Assistant to the Director of Joint Chiefs of Staff.
In 1989 Condoleezza was appointed as National Security Affairs Special Assistant to George H. W. Bush.
In 1993 Condoleezza became the first African American, and first woman, and youngest provost at Stanford University.
In 2000 Condoleezza became the first woman to hold the position of National Security Advisor, when President George W. Bush appointed her.
In 2003 Condoleezza was appointed to head the Iraqi Stabilization Group.
In 2004 Condoleezza was called to testify under oath before the 9-11 Commission.
In 2004 President Bush nominated Condoleezza as his secretary of state.
Time Magazine named Condoleezza Rice as one of the World's Most Influential People from 2004 to 2007.
Condoleezza Rice was confirmed as Us secretary of state in 2005, making her the first woman to hold the position.
Condoleezza Rice served as the U.S. Secretary of State from January 28, 2005 to January 20, 2009.
In 2008 Condoleezza Rice oversaw a ceasefire between Georgia and Russia.
In 2008 Condoleezza Rice became the first U.S. Secretary of State to visit Libya since 1953. She met with Moammar Gadhafi.
In 2009 Condoleezza Rice signed a deal with Crown Publishing to write three books, with one being a memoir about her time in the George W. Bush administration.
Condoleezza Rice became the first woman to be admitted as a member of the Augusta National Golf Club in 2012.
Condoleezza Rice continues to remain active in politics and has publicly opposed and criticized the Obama and Trump administration's choices.
Condoleezza Rice has been criticized for her role in authorizing enhanced interrogation techniques by human rights organizations.

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