President Clinton named U.N. Ambassador Madeleine Albright as the new U.S. Secretary of State on Thursday, December 5. Upon receiving Senate confirmation, Albright will become the first female secretary of state.
Albright was born in Czechoslovakia and moved to the U.S. with her parents at age 11 after being forced out of her home country by Adolf Hitler and then Joseph Stalin. Albright, a naturalized American citizen, is know for her work on Bosnia intervention and NATO expansion.