this weeks featured connections are foreign ministers/secretaries of state.
24 degrees from Madeleine Albright
Madeleine served as chief legislative assistant to Senator Edmund Muskie of Maine from
1976 to 1978. From 1978 to 1981, she was a staff member in the White House under
President Jimmy Carter and on the National Security Council under National Security
Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski.
27 degrees from Garfield Barwick
Sir Garfield Barwick AK GCMG QC was an Australian judge who was the seventh and
longest serving Chief Justice of Australia, in office from 1964 to 1981. He had earlier
been a Liberal Party politician, serving as a minister in the Menzies Government from
1958 to 1964.
25 degrees from Julie Bishop
After entering politics she was a delegate to the 1998 constitutional convention, and
served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Curtin (in Perth's western suburbs) from
1998 to 2019, and Minister for Women from 2006 to 2007, deputy leader of the Liberal
Party from 2007 to 2018 (the first woman to hold the position), and Minister for Foreign
Affairs from 2013 to 2018. She has been the chancellor of the Australian National
University since January 2020 (the first woman to be in this position).
33 degrees from Helen Clark
The 37th Prime Minister of New Zealand, serving three consecutive terms from 1999 to
2008. She was the first woman elected, at a general election, as the Prime Minister, and
was the fifth longest serving person to hold that office. She has been Administrator of
the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the third-highest UN position,
18 degrees from Thomas Cromwell
Earl of Essex, 18 April 1540
29 degrees from Dag Hammarskj˙ld
In 1951, Hammarskj˙ld was vice chairman of the Swedish delegation to the United
Nations General Assembly in Paris. He became the chairman of the Swedish delegation
to the General Assembly in New York in 1952 and Secretary-General of the United
Nations in 1953, a position which he held until his death.
19 degrees from Cordell Hull
1893-1897: Tennessee House of Representatives.
1933-1944: Secretary of State
1945: Nobel Peace Prize for co-initiating the United Nations
16 degrees from Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson was the third President of the United States, the principal author of
the Declaration of Independence, and one of the most influential of the United States'
Founding Fathers. His portrait graces the US two dollar bill and nickel.
22 degrees from Judy LaMarsh
A Canadian politician, lawyer, author and broadcaster. She was only the second woman
to serve as a federal Cabinet Minister.
29 degrees from Colin Powell
Colin Luther Powell was a United States statesman and a retired four-star general in the
United States Army. He was the 65th United States Secretary of State (2001-2005),
serving under President George W. Bush. He was the first African American appointed to
that position. He was the first, and so far the only, African American to serve on the
Joint Chiefs of Staff.
26 degrees from Bernhard von B˙low
Bernhard von B˙low was the chancellor of the German Empire from 1900 to 1909.
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