Wednesday, August 3

Condoleezza Rice -- Forbes #1 Most Powerful Women List

It is good to see Condi's leadership being recognized. It is great that she is a minority. Hispanics, blacks and whites alike take note! You can reach your dreams if you work hard at it, and don't give up.

Teachers pay attention. A little hardship and having to overcome barriers is good for character. Congratulations to Condi.

National Security Adviser, Bush Administration

Age: 49 Country: U.S.

Advising the leader of the world's largest superpower--and having the ear of leaders around the globe--makes Rice, 49, the most powerful woman in the world. President George W. Bush trusts Rice implicitly, likely more than anyone else in the White House. When Rice speaks, she speaks for the president. With her silver-tongued diplomacy and steely nerve, Rice has played a key, behind-the-scenes role in helping to steer the United States through two wars, as well as the resulting controversies. Rice also served under President George H.W. Bush and in the Reagan administration. Despite growing up with racial segregation in Birmingham, Ala., Rice says her "parents had me absolutely convinced that, well, you may not be able to have a hamburger at Woolworth's but you can be president of the United States."-Elizabeth MacDonald