The Top 5 Black Women in Media That Have Shaped American Culture


These women have brought so much to the table.  They have delivered powerful messages in the United States and they have influenced many.

3Condoleezza Rice

Condelezza Rice as Secretary of State

Rice was born in Birmingham, Alabama on November 14, 1954. She was the only child of Angelena Rice a high school science, music, and oratory teacher, and John Wesley Rice, Jr. a high school guidance counselor and Presbyterian minister. Rice began to learn French, music, figure skating, and ballet at the age of three. At fifteen she began piano classes and set the goal of becoming a concert pianist. Although she became a political scientist, diplomat, and 66th United States Secretary of State she still practices and plays with a chamber music group. Rice was the first female African American Secretary of State, the second African American Secretary of State, and the second female Secretary of State. Rice enrolled in college at the University of Denver where she was initially a music major. In 1974 at the age of 19, Rice was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society and was awarded a B.A., cum laude in political science. In 1975 she got her master’s degree in political science from the University of Notre Dame. In 1977 she worked in the State Department during the Carter administration as an intern in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. In 1981 she received her Ph.D. in political science from Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. From 1980-1981 she was a fellow at Stanford.

Rice was a Democrat until 1982, then she became a Republican. She disagreed with President Jimmy Carter’s foreign Policy and her father was a Republican. From 1989 to 1991 she served in President George H.W. Bush administration as Director and Senior Director of Soviet and East European Affairs in the National Security Council. In 1991 Rice took a teaching position at Stanford. In 1997 she sat on the Federal Advisory Committee on Gender-Integrated Training in the Military. In 2000, Rice was named National Security Advisor, she the first woman to serve in this position. On January 26, 2005, the Senate confirmed Rice as Secretary of State. As Secretary of state she traveled heavily and initiated many diplomatic efforts on behalf of the Bush administration. She is third on my list because she is a true leader as the first African American female Secretary of State.

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