Condoleezza Rice: Inspiration for Today's Generation Persuasive Essay by Nicky

Condoleezza Rice: Inspiration for Today's Generation
A discussion on Condoleezza Rice as a role model for modern day women.
# 149624 | 1,670 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 26, 2011 in Women Studies (General) , African-American Studies (General)

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The paper describes Condoleezza Rice's early education and the parenting she received that encouraged her to constantly work hard and seek more knowledge. The paper details her higher education and subsequent career that spanned tenure at Stanford to serving as Secretary of State. The paper emphasizes her determination, willingness to learn and confidence as the keys to her success in life.

From the Paper:

"Rice's story is one that begins in the racially charged town of Birmingham, Alabama, the "focal point of the Civil Rights movement" (Felix 3). While her story might have started in Birmingham, it certainly would not end there. This beginning and circumstance was not something that John and Angelena Rice would allow to deter their daughter. From the very beginning, they made sure that Rice had everything available to her that would encourage her to grow and learn. Rice was incredibly lucky in that she had two educated parents that were concerned about the education of their daughter. Her parents were both college educated and believed that she "would have to learn certain things if she was to succeed" (Edmondson 15). This learning came early, as she knew how to read and write before she ever stepped into any school. Jacqueline Edmondson writes, "when her teachers realized Condi's capabilities, they agreed to have her skip the first grade" (Edmondson 16). While this meant that she would be younger than her classmates, it also meant that she would not spend time in a class going over material with which she was already familiar. Later she even skipped the seventh grade. To ensure their daughter would not be left behind, Rice's parents bought new textbooks for Rice's classes so that the children "could study up-to-date information" (16). Her parents even enrolled her in book clubs so she would never want for anything to read."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Beamish, Rita. "When She Speaks, the World Listens White House Adviser Condoleezza Rice." Biography. 2001. EBSCO Resource Database. Information Retreived July 19, 2009.
  • Bumiller, Elisabeth. Condoleezza Rice: An American Life. New York: Random House. 2007.
  • "Condoleezza Rice's Virtuoso Performance before the National Commission on Terrorism: She Turns Racial Stereotypes Upside Down." The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education. 2004. JSTOR Resource Database.
  • Edmondson, Jacqueline. Condoleezza Rice. Santa Barbara: Greenwood Publishing. 2007.
  • Felix, Antonia. Condi: The Condoleezza Rice Story. New York: New Market Press. 2005.

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