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Madeleine Albright’s best quotes

From finding her voice to pins, here are seven quotes from the late secretary of state.

Madeleine Albright made history when she was the first female appointed to serve as US Secretary of State.

As a child growing in Czechoslovakia in World War II, she fled the Nazis and found refuge in America where she went on to become the country’s top diplomat and a powerful voice for female empowerment.

Then-president Bill Clinton appointed Dr Albright as secretary of state in 1996.

The 84-year-old died this week after a battle with cancer.

“She was surrounded by family and friends,” her family said in a statement posted on Twitter.

“We have lost a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.”

Here are seven of Dr Albright’s most memorable quotes including one that inspired Women in Media co-patron Caroline Jones to remark at our inaugural national conference that “there is a special place in heaven for women who help other women”.


“There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.”


“It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.”


“Whatever the job you are asked to do at whatever level, do a good job because your reputation is your resume.”


“I have said this many times, that there seems to be enough room in the world for mediocre men, but not for mediocre women, and we really have to work very, very hard.”


“I was taught to strive not because there were any guarantees of success but because the act of striving is in itself the only way to keep faith with life.”


“So people are talking about revolution. What a revolution it would be to have a woman president.”


“Jewellery and pins have been worn throughout history as symbols of power, sending messages. Interestingly enough, it was mostly men who wore the jewellery in various times, and obviously crowns were part of signals that were being sent throughout history by people of rank.”


Vale Dr Madeleine Albright.

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