NOW Mourns the Passing of Trailblazer Madeleine Albright

WASHINGTON, DC – – Secretary Madeleine Albright was an icon and an inspiration. She always made history, blazed trails, and pioneered pathways for women that had previously been shut. Her indefatigable energy and unyielding commitment to women’s rights never faltered. She was a passionate defender of women, women leaders, and equality.  

She liked to tell her students at Georgetown, especially the women, that they had to learn to interrupt.  ‘The guys are really good at it,’ she said.  ‘But if you’re going to interrupt, you have to do it in a strong voice, and you have to know what you’re talking about.”   

The members at NOW recognize those words as a prescription for grassroots activism, and we remember Madeleine Albright as someone who never stopped caring, leading, and inspiring those who stand on her shoulders today. 

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The National Organization for Women (NOW) is the nation’s leading membership-based advocacy group dedicated to defending women’s rights, advancing equality and combating injustice in all aspects of social, political and economic life. Through educating, mobilizing, and convening a vast network of grassroots activists across the country, NOW advocates for national, state and local policies that promote an anti-racist and intersectional feminist agenda. Since its founding in 1966, NOW has been on the frontlines of nearly every major advancement for women’s rights and continues to champion progressive values today. More about NOW’s efforts and resources is available at 

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