“People say there are not enough qualified women; that’s one of the biggest bullshit things I’ve ever heard.”
Madeleine Albright, the first female US Secretary of State, has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor that can be bestowed upon civilians. Dr. Albright served as secretary of state under under President Bill Clinton from 1997 to 2001. This year, Dr. Albright is one of thirteen recipients to be honored along with author Toni Morrison and singer/songwriter Bob Dylan. According to a White House press release, Madeleine is being recognized for fighting terror and ethnic cleansing, reducing the spread of nuclear weapons, contributing to the expansion of NATO, and unrelenting efforts to bring peace, democracy, and human rights around the world.
“There’s plenty of room for mediocre men, but no room for mediocre women,” she said. “Women can’t do everything at the same time; we need to understand milestones in our lives come in segments.” Keeping that in mind, it’s no wonder she’s been known to say, “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.”