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Condoleezza Rice: political scientist and diplomat, concert pianist. Served as the 66th US Secretary of State, was the first female African-American secretary of state, as well as the second African American, and the second woman. Was also National Security Advisor in Bush's 1st term- the 1st woman to serve in that position. Told 2000 Republican Nat'l Convention, "My father joined our party because the Democrats in Jim Crow Alabama of 1952 would not register him to vote. The Republicans did."
Gabrielle Giffords (b.1970) an American politician. A Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, she has represented Arizona's 8th congressional district since 2007. She is the third woman in Arizona's history to be elected to the U.S. Congress. Considered a "Blue Dog" Democrat, her stances on health care reform and illegal ...
Sandra Day O'Connor (1930-Present) - Before Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, there was just one woman cloaked in the black robe of the United States' highest court. Fulfilling a campaign promise to break that gender barrier, President Ronald Reagan nominated Sandra Day O'Connor in 1981. The former Republican Arizona state senator was unanimously confirmed by Congress, ending 191 years of the court as an exclusively male institution. Though she was nominated by a Republica...
4. Ted Kennedy: In 1969, the senator drove his car off a bridge near Martha's Vineyard. Though he was able to swim to safety, his passenger Mary Jo Kopechne drowned.