read-my-pinsRead My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection

Stately pins on display at Bowers Museum.

The Albright collection consists of pins that Secretary Madeleine K. Albright, America’s ambassador to the United Nations (1993-1997) and the first woman to occupy the position of U.S. Secretary of State (1997-2001), wore before, during and after her years of public service. Shortly after becoming a diplomat, Albright discovered the power of jewelry to convey a foreign policy message. Before long, she began selecting appropriate pins to wear to particular meetings, visually expressing her high hopes, determination, impatience, or warm feelings. The brooches soon became her diplomatic signature. Their stories and messages reflect the Secretary’s sense of humor and her humanity. Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, 714.576.3600. 

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