Susan Rice, former U.S National Security Advisor and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.
Previously a diplomat and Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, she was confirmed by unanimous consent to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations beginning in 2009. A Rhodes Scholar, Dr. Rice was the first African American woman to represent the U.S. at the U.N.
"I’m sure that at different times and at different stages in my career, [my race and gender have] probably influenced how people see me. That’s not something I spend a lot of time thinking or worrying about. I figure how people see me is their concern. I need to figure out who I am and what it is I’m trying to get done. I’ve always had a pretty clear sense of that. Undoubtedly, being a woman, being African-American, growing up in Washington, D.C., being 50-some years old, all of those things, including also my family and my experiences growing up, they all have an impact and a bearing on how I think and who I am. So yes, obviously, those are two important components of who I am. They’re by no means the sum total. But they matter."
"In the work that I’ve chosen, I’ve found myself in the public arena and become, for better or for worse, a subject of public praise or public ridicule. I’ve had to learn over the years to understand that as being somebody else’s challenge and drama. I do my job as best I can. I know what I’m trying to get done, and I really don’t let the hype or the criticism get in my way. So, my way of being undefeated is to stay in my lane, keep my head down, and run the plays as best I can.” #1460women
The Undefeated, Photograph Courtesy of Linda Cicero/Stanford News Service)