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Breaking the Glass Ceiling Pin

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  • Title Breaking the Glass Ceiling

    Date 1992

    Designer Vivian Shimoyama, USA

    Materials Fused Glass, 22kt Gold Trim

    Size 3" x 2.6"
    (7.6cm x 6.6cm)

Breaking the Glass Ceiling

During a trip to Central Europe in 1996, Albright needed to confer privately with First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. Where better than the ladies’ room? Albright was proud to be the first woman to serve as Secretary of State, and delighted when Clinton became one of her successors. This pin shows the glass ceiling in its ideal condition: shattered.

Secretary Albright confers privately with First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton on a trip to Central Europe in 1996. Photo Credit: Courtesy of William J. Clinton Presidential Library/Barbara Kinney.
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, right, sits with Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, second from right, and from left, Annette Lantos, widow of the late Hungarian- American California Representative Tom Lantos, Tomicah Tillemann, second from left, grandson of Tom Lantos as they listen to a speaker after Clinton received the 2013 Lantos Human Rights Prize during a ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, December 6, 2013. The New Hampshire-based human rights organization awarded its highest honor to Hillary Rodham Clinton for her efforts to promote human rights for women and through internet freedom. For the event, Secretary Albright wore her Breaking the Glass Ceiling pin. Photo Credit: AP Photo/Susan Walsh.