About Their Business: 7 Black Female Politicians Who Made History

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Susan Rice

Susan Rice began her political career in 1988 as a foreign policy aide to Michael Dukakis during the presidential election. During the Clinton administration, she was appointed to the National Security Council in 1993, and also served as Director for International Organizations and Peacekeeping. In 1995, Rice became special assistant to the President and senior director for African Affairs. In 2009, President Obama appointed her the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Rice is the second youngest person and the first black woman to serve in this position.

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