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Politics
Condoleezza Rice was the first African American female to hold the office of Secretary of State.
Condoleezza Rice was the first African American female to hold the office of Secretary of State.
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Given that women weren't even allowed to vote until 1920, it's no surprise that it's only in the last three decades they've made great strides in politics. Sandra Day O'Connor was appointed as the first female Supreme Court justice in 1981, and then Geraldine Ferraro came on the scene as the first female Vice President candidate in 1987. Madeleine Albright became the highest-ranking woman in the U.S. government when she was sworn in as Secretary of State in 1997, and it wasn't until 2008 that Hillary Clinton became the first woman to win a presidential primary election.

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