Read My Pins

The Madeleine Albright Collection

See the Pins

Shortly after becoming a diplomat, Madeleine Albright discovered the power of jewelry to convey foreign policy messages. Before long, she began selecting appropriate pins to wear to particular meetings visually expressing her messages, including those of high hopes, determination, impatience, warnings or warm feelings.

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The Albright collection consists of pins that Secretary Albright wore before, during, and after her years of public service.

Serpent Unmatched clamor-maker…unparalleled serpent.
Secretary of State Diamond Eagle The complicated clasp was not fastened properly
Blue Bird This is not cojones, it is cowardice.

About Secretary Albright

Madeleine K. Albright served as America’s ambassador to the United Nations (1993–1997). She was the first woman to serve as United States Secretary of State (1997–2001).

Story of the Exhibit

Prior to its donation to the National Museum of American Diplomacy, the exhibition was displayed at 22 museums and presidential libraries over 9 years.