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Voices for Ms. Madeleine Albright - Member Emerita

Madeleine Albright, a child refugee from Nazi- and then Soviet-dominated Eastern Europe who rose to become the first female secretary of state and a mentor for women rights, diplomacy and politics among others.

Her tireless drive and leadership made her a point of reference for us. Her voice remains, forever echoing in history, to remind us that we women are, because some women as Madeline Albright were for all of us and for our future.

Dr. Albright was a Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. The Albright Institute was guided by Secretary Madeleine Korbel Albright’s collaborative leadership style and dedication to public service. Since its founding in 2010, the Albright Institute has supported global engagement experiences for hundreds of Wellesley students, helping to shape the next generation of global leaders.

GWL Voices members would like to pay tribute to our colleague and friend Ms. Madeleine Albright, with this selection of memories, quotes, photos in this space of remembrance.

Words of remembrance from GWL Voices members

Madeleine your place is heaven. You did so much for us! Your voice and example will always guide us. I will remember Madeleine Albright as a champion of human rights and a guiding spirit to girls and women around the world. My thoughts are with her family & friends tonight.

Cristina Gallach

Farewell Madeleine Albright: trail blazer for women in USA diplomacy, & always an advocate for women. A strong personality who spoke from conviction.
Madeleine will be greatly missed.

Helen Clark

Madeleine Albright was certainly an inspiration to many of us women in multilateral diplomacy and international relations. She was a true champion of the rule of law.
I will remember Madeleine Albright as a champion of human rights and a guiding spirit to girls and women around the world. My thoughts are with her family & friends tonight.

Jan Beagle

Rest in peace Madeleine Albright. Your work for peace, democracy and women’s rights has made a mark. ”Courage is when you stand up for what you believe in when it’s not always easy and when you get critized for it” (Secretary Albright in 2020)

Margot Wallström

We lost one of our members, a trailblazer a powerful and wise woman! The first US female Secretary of State. You will be missed.

Maria Fernanda Espinosa

It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the loss of our dear friend Madeleine Albright, a global trailblazer who did so much to advance progress for women and girls everywhere.

Melanne Verveer

Among the many tributes we may offer in memory of Madeleine Albright, one must surely be that for every woman in the practice of international affairs, a whole bunch of the cracks in the glass ceiling above you, are there because of her ⁦@apsiainfo

Rachel Kyte

"It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent."
I will remember Madeleine Albright as a champion of human rights and a guiding spirit to girls and women around the world. My thoughts are with her family & friends tonight.

Sigrid Kaag

Her warmth and friendship are treasured by many throughout the world. Our most sincere condolences to her family. A voice of common sense is gone in these times when it is needed the most. Madeleine always brought a fresh perspective to address difficult challenges. Among many other contributions, she was a member of our GWL Voices an esteemed colleague and friend. Madeleine will be missed!

Susana Malcorra

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

“When we’re trying to solve difficult national issues it’s sometimes necessary to talk to adversaries as well as friends. Historians have a word for this: diplomacy.”

“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.”  —

“Well, the thing I learned as a diplomat is that human relations ultimately make a huge difference.”

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Funeral Service of Madeleine Korbel Albright
Wednesday, April 27, 2022
11:00 AM
Washington National Cathedral
3101 Wisconsin Avenue, Northwest
Washington, District of Columbia