Carol Moseley Braun was the first African-American woman elected to the Senate, representing Illinois in the U.S. Senate from 1993-1999. She also served as the United States Ambassador to New Zealand from 1999 -2001. She is currently running for mayor of Chicago.
Condoleezza Rice was the first woman to ever serve as National Security Advisor and the first African-American woman to serve as Secretary of State. She worked tirelessly as a member of President George W. Bush’s administration and is counted as one of his staunch supporters. Since leaving the White House, she became a faculty member of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and is also the Director of the school’s Global Center for Business and the Economy.
Another woman making history in foreign policy is Susan Rice, the current U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and the first African-American woman to serve in that position. She also served in the administration of President Bill Clinton working on the staff of the National Security Council and as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs.
In November 2008, Michelle Obama made history by becoming the first African-American First Lady. The Princeton and Harvard Law School graduate has been a champion of health eating and supporting military families since she moved into 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Mrs. Obama said in 2009,
“I hope that Sojourner Truth would be proud to see me, a descendant of slaves, serving as the first lady of the United States of America.”