Every week we will be honoring a Great Greek Woman to celebrate and showcase all that Greek Life does!
This week we are honoring Condoleezza Rice of Alpha Chi Omega. Condoleezza was the first African American woman to serve as Secretary of State as well as serve as a National Security adviser to the President. She graduated from University of Denver with a degree in Political Science, but originally had intended to major in Piano (which Alpha Chi Omega has ties to). In its constitution, the sorority states that, “the object of this fraternity is as follows: To attain the highest musical culture and to cultivate those principles that embody true womanhood.”
Condoleezza grew up in the very segregated deep South. She excelled in school and soon became somewhat of a musical prodigy with the piano in Birmingham, Alabama. Condoleezza was determined from a very young age, graduating high school at just the age of fifteen! She then went on to graduate from the University of Denver in 1974 with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, receive a Master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1975, and earned her Ph. D also from the University of Denver in 1981.
People were taking notice of Condoleezza’s accomplishments. She held the title of director of Soviet and Eastern Europe Affairs for the National Security Administration. Not too long after, the former President of the United States, George W. Bush appointed her as National Security Adviser!
Truly no woman has made such an impact in recent times more than Condoleezza Rice! In fact, Time Magazine named her one of “The Most Influential People in the World” from 2004-2007. She is now an accomplished businesswoman and has written memoirs and books on her experiences.