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Peace Dove pin, designer Cecile et Jeanne, France; photographer John Bigelow Taylor.
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Peace Dove Pin

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  • Title Peace Dove

    Date circa 1997

    Designer Cécile et Jeanne, France

    Materials Yellow Gold-Plated Base Metal

    Size 2.8" x 1.7"
    (7.1cm x 4.3cm)

Dove of Peace

Among Secretary Albright’s favorite pins was a gift from Leah Rabin, widow of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. The pin is a dove, symbolizing the goal—peace in the Holy Land—for which the prime minister had given his life. During Albright’s first visit to Israel as Secretary of State, Mrs. Rabin gave her a matching necklace with an accompanying note: “There is a saying: ‘One swallow doesn’t announce the spring’—so maybe one dove needs reinforcements to create a reality of peace in the Middle East.” Albright wore the pin again when paying her respects to the victims of genocide in Rwanda, 1997.

Secretary Albright National Press Club
Secretary Albright speaking on Middle East peace at the National Press Club. Photo Credit: Amr Nabil/AFP/Getty Images.
Albright Rwanda
Secretary Albright pays respects to the victims of genocide in Rwanda in 1997. Photo Credit: U.S. Department of State.