Some important events from Condoleezza Rice's life are her appointments as the provost of Stanford University in 1993, as a special assistant of President George H.W. Bush in 1989 and as the Secretary of State in 2004. All these positions are firsts in the history of the United States.
Condoleezza Rice joined Stanford University as a political science professor in 1981. Then, 12 years later, she became the university's first woman and first African-American provost. She held that position for six years and also served as the chief budget and academic officer of the university.
In the mid-1980s, Rice worked as an international affairs fellow for the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington D.C. In 1980, she became a special assistant to President George H.W. Bush and the director of Soviet and East European affairs at the National Security Council.
In 2001, Rice became a national security adviser for President George W. Bush. This makes her the first African-American woman and the second woman to hold the position. Following Colin Powell's resignation in 2004, she became the U.S. Secretary of State and began her service in 2005. She held that position until 2009. She was the first African-American woman to become the Secretary of State.