H.S. students in Independence meet former Sec. of State Madeleine Albright

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- About 400 high school government students learned what it's like to be a diplomat from the first woman ever to serve as U.S. Secretary of State. Madeleine Albright answered the kids' questions at the Truman Presidential Library.
Albright was the highest ranking woman in the history of our government when she was appointed Secretary of State in 1997.

She has an exhibit at the library called Pins and Diplomacy, because she was known for wearing pins that often carried symbolism for her diplomatic mission.

She described for the students the difficulties women face becoming leaders in government. She offered advice for young women to listen in a way as if you are going to interrupt, because too often women's views are left out of the discussion.

"When I first was told that I had the opportunity to meet her, I just knew she was the first female Secretary of State," said Caitlin Cortevill, a senior at Truman High School. "I'd learned all about her and all about the possibilities I can achieve as a person and as a woman."

Albright believes women must work harder than men, saying there's plenty of room for mediocre men but no room for mediocre women. She also repeated perhaps her most famous quote, that "there's a special place in hell for women who don't help each other."

When asked about racial unrest in Ferguson, Albright urged the students to take a different approach in race relations, saying that would be a challenge for their generation to overcome.