WOMEN
01/20/2017 11:41 am ET Updated Jan 20, 2017

Madeleine Albright Spends Inauguration Day With America's Future Leaders

The future is most definitely female.

Madeleine Albright has long been an inspiration to women everywhere.

As such, the first woman to be U.S. secretary of state spent the day of President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration at Wellesley College, where she spoke to 40 young women who hope to become global leaders someday.

The 79-year-old tweeted about her day on Friday morning:

The women’s liberal arts college is Albright’s alma mater and home to the Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs, which trains and educates future women leaders in a variety of disciplines.The institute offers a fellowship to 40 promising college students every year and asks them to work together to address “significant global challenges.”

Albright staunchly supported Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton throughout the presidential campaign, imploring young women to vote for the former first lady, senator and fellow secretary of state. Albright was criticized after her appearance at a rally for Clinton in New Hampshire last year, when she admonished younger women for taking their predecessors’ achievements for granted. “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other!” she said.

In an interview with The Guardian after Trump’s victory in November, Albright said she was “very sad about the way women have been treated during this campaign.”

“I thought that we had moved beyond that,” she said.

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