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Congress: Let Go of Partisan Politics and Support Ambassador Rice

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In signing this petition I am joining the Black Women?s Roundtable and the legion of strong women leaders and organizations across this nation that have come together to express our unequivocal support for United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice as a leader and representative of the United States in foreign policy.

Ambassador Rice has been and continues to be a role model to all women. She has excelled throughout her career both in the public and private sector. Her commitment to international peace and the equality of all people should be heralded, not summarily dismissed for political gain and expedience. Hence, we urge all U. S. Senators to afford Ambassador Rice the proper respect appropriate for any other Cabinet-level member of a sitting Administration.

Ambassador Rice represents a rich and important legacy of strong women leaders in foreign policy, such as former Secretaries of State Madeline Albright and Condoleezza Rice, and current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Ambassador Rice?s credentials are above reproach, having previously served as Special Assistant to President Bill Clinton and Senior Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council at the White House.

We feel it necessary to remind the Senate of Ambassador Rice?s impeccable credentials because of the failure of some to respect her role as the United States Ambassador and leader in foreign policy. While some members of the Senate have pushed back on their rush to judgment in the press regarding Ambassador Rice?s prepared remarks on the attack in Benghazi, we feel that the public integrity and reputation of this brilliant woman, who serves our country with great dignity, has been unfairly and unnecessarily attacked.

Ambassador Rice?s leadership in President Obama?s Cabinet is commendable. It is for this reason that we, the undersigned, have come together representing women leaders from across this country to express our ardent support for Ambassador Rice in her role as ambassador to the United Nations and any other public service leadership roles she may be afforded in the future. (Read the full letter to the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence at

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