Condoleezza Rice (Condii)

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Why Is She Important?

  • In 2001, Condoleezza was the first black women (second women) to be appointed National Security Adviser by President George W. Bush.
  • Became the first black women to serve as U.S. Secretary of State serving from Januarary 2005-2009 (She was the nation's 66th Secretary of State.)

Early Life

  • Age; 61
  • Born November 14, 1954
  • Born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Named after an italian term con dolcezza , which means "to play with sweetness" & used as a musical notation.
  • Doesn't have children
  • Once dated and engaged to American Football Player Rick Upchurch
  • Rice grew up surrounded by racism in the segregated South.
  • She earned her bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Denver in 1974
  • Her master's from the University of Notre Dame in 1975
  • Her Ph.D. from the University of Denver's Graduate School of International Studies in 1981
  • 1981, she joined Stanford University as a political science professor. ( Was a professor for 3 decades)

Political Career

  • In the mid- 1980's , Condoleezza was in Washington, D.C. , working as International Affairs fellow attached to the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
  • In 1989, Rice became director of Soviet & East European affairs with the National Security Council.
  • Also in 1989, She was the special assistant to President George H.W. Bush during the dissolution of the Soviet Union and German reunification. (1989-1991)
  • In 1997, she served on the Federal Advisory Committee on Gender-Integrated Training in the Military.
  • In 2001, Condoleezza was appointed National Security Adviser (2001-2005)
  • In 2005, Rice served as U.S. Secretary of State. (2005-2009)


  • Rice's future plans focus on being an educator, not a politician.
  • August 2012, Rice and South Carolina businesswoman Darla Moore became the first women to become members of the Augusta National Golf Club, in Augusta, Georgia.
  • Condoleezza is currently the Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • Also, Rice is the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution.
  • She is a professor of Political Science at Stanford University.

Her Books

  • The Soviet Union and the Czechoslovak Army, 1948-1983: Uncertain Allegiance (1984)
  • Passing the Baton: Challenges of Statecraft for the New Administration (2001)
  • A Safer and Better World (2004)
  • Iraq in U. S. Foreign Policy: Testimony Before the Committee on Foreign Relations, U. S. Senate, by the Honorable Condoleeza Rice, Secretary of State (2008)
  • Extraordinary, Ordinary People (2010)
  • Condoleezza Rice: A Memoir of My Extraordinary, Ordinary Family and Me (2010)
  • No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington (2011)
  • U.S. Education Reform and National Security (2012)
  • Why Democracy Matters (2016)