August 29 2014

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Three Minutes And 38 Seconds With Madeleine Albright


Madeleine Albright signed copies of her new book Read My Pins: Stories From a Diplomat’s Jewel Box at St. John’s Fifth Avenue flagship this afternoon, and there wasn’t an empty seat in the house. Everywhere you looked there were coordinating knit jackets and skirts, and plenty of brooches, too. In a brief interview before her speech, the former Secretary of State said, “What’s happening now is I’m getting what we’re calling pity pins. People are feeling sorry for me because all of my pins are in the exhibit [at New York’s Museum of Arts & Design]. So I’ve stopped saying, ‘I really like your pin,’ because they take it off and give it to me.”

As far as her collection goes, it’s hard to top the snake that she wore while holding the post of American ambassador to the United Nations after an Iraqi journalist wrote a poem denouncing her as an “unparalleled serpent.” But if she had to choose a favorite, Albright told us it would be her dove pin. “I got it from Leah Rabin after her husband [Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin] had been assassinated and wore it whenever I was giving a Middle East speech,” she explained. “On one trip, in my hotel room in Jerusalem there was a package with a necklace of doves with a note that said, ‘In the Middle East, one dove needs reinforcements.’ I love to wear that necklace.” And what would Albright say should current Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton come asking for advice? “I’d tell her she’s got a hard job to do and that everybody has to have their own style,” she answered. “It’s irritating when what women are wearing becomes the story. Nobody ever says a man is wearing a gray suit. But mostly I’d tell her to do what she has to do in terms of being the chief diplomat of the United States.”



  1. corenothing says:

    Hooray for Madeleine Albright!

  2. angelajoy says:

    BRAVA! As a woman who started working in the 60′s is is gratifying to know that we have worked our way up to positions of real power in the world. Thank you for all your on our behalf.
    Angela C…

Dept. of Culture