Condoleezza Rice is the first black American woman to hold a high position in the US government. For 4 years she was the Secretary of State of America, and she had a great influence on such aspects of politics as the fight against terrorism and interaction with other countries.
Condoleezza Rice, according to political scientists, is an amazing person and a true professional. Despite the fact that during the period when she served as US Secretary of State, many negative events took place, she was able to timely solve the accompanying problems, maintain quite acceptable relations even with those countries that were hostile to America.
Biography of Condoleezza Rice
Condoleezza Rice was born into a middle-class American family in Birmingham in mid-November 1954. The girl's mother was a teacher of music and oratory, her father was a priest of the Presbyterian Church and the head of the Ulman High School.
Condoleezza was a gifted child. Already at the age of 5, she easily read and was fluent in musical notation, played the piano. Seeing the abilities and successes of their daughter, the parents did not wait 7 years, and sent her to a comprehensive school in the 6th year.
From an early age, the girl knew what racism was, felt all its "charms" personally. According to her, it was these life lessons that prompted her to pursue a political career in the future. The father, not wanting to put up with the oppression of his family in Birmingham, moved his wife and daughter to Denver. There, Condoleezza graduated from a general education and music school, entered the university. During the same period, she reconsidered her views on life, finally decided to leave music and go into politics.
Education and Science in the Life of Condoleezza Rice
Condoleezza received an excellent education, and she did it, practically without the help of her parents. In 1969, she entered the Denver Institute for a music course, but soon changed her mind and took up the study of international relations.
In 1974, she became a BA in Political Science from the University of Denver and an MA in Political Science in 1975 from the University of Notre Dame. The girl was preparing for a political career seriously:
- was engaged in research on the topic "The Armed Forces of the USSR",
- analyzed the problems of European security,
- completed an internship at Moscow State University,
- learned three more languages - Russian, French, Spanish,
- at the age of 26 she defended her dissertation on the topic of Sovietology.
At the age of 27, a year after defending her doctoral dissertation, Condoleezza Rice became an assistant professor at Stanford University, and then its professor in political science. The students loved her, highly appreciated the responsiveness of the teacher, despite the severity. Rice's personal and professional qualities were also noted by the leadership of the university - in 1993, Condoleezza received the post of a university financier. A year later, she brought the educational institution out of the budget deficit of 20 million.
Condoleezza Rice as a businessman
Condoleezza Rice excelled not only in politics and science, but also in business. In his career "piggy bank" there are high positions in world famous companies:
- Carnegie Endowment,
- Charles Schwab Corporation,
- Chevron Corporation,
- the San Francisco Broadcasting Company,
- Carnegie Corporation,
- Transamerica Corporation and others.
Chevron named the tanker after Condoleezza Rice in recognition of her contributions to public policy. But Rice did not accept such a gift, and the tanker was renamed.
Condoleezza has paid much attention to public work throughout her career - she founded a fund to support California schools, led the Boys and Girls Clubs of America youth organization, headed the Scientific Council for the Study of Eastern Europe and the USSR, the Wolf Wilson Center.
Condoleezza Rice's political career
Rice's political career developed in parallel with her academic and business careers. In 1986 she became a member of the Council for International Relations. Rice then took over as director of the US Security Council for Europe and the Soviet Union.
Condoleezza Rice has been involved in politics and politics only since 2001, when she became a national security adviser. The start of the launch was overshadowed by the September 11 terrorist attack. Then many accused Rice of the fact that the tragedy was not averted.
The National Commission conducted a special investigation, during which Condoleezza provided explanations under oath. As a result, her guilt for the terrible tragedy was not found, and she was able to continue her career in the apparatus of the President of the United States.
In 2005, Rice was given a new high post - became the 66th US Secretary of State. She is responsible for the restructuring of American diplomacy, the introduction of duties for compulsory diplomatic service in hot spots, the intensification of the fight against terror and drug trafficking, and a change in the system of subsidies to other countries from the US budget.
Ordinary Americans respected Condoleezza Rice and appreciated her work, but when her term as Secretary of State ended, she left politics and returned to education. From 2009 to 2012, she was a professor of political science at the Hoover Institute, and in 2012 she began teaching at the Graduate School of Business.
Personal life of Condoleezza Rice
Rice's whole life is a career. She has no family and children. At various times, rumors about her romance with men appeared in the American media, but they quickly subsided. The first candidate for her lover was the footballer Rick Upchurch, then the journalists tried to connect her name with the name of the Canadian minister Peter McKay.
Condoleezza herself did not react in any way to the attempts of the media to tie her in love with men. But the very fact that both the yellow papers and the reputable publications quickly lost interest in these topics indicates that they were under pressure. In any case, this is exactly what her opponents believe.