Albright, the first woman to be U.S. secretary of state, has died at age 84, according to a statement from her family.

The cause of death was cancer, "She was surrounded by family and friends.

She served as secretary of state from 1997 to 2001 during the Clinton administration.

"Madeleine was always a force for goodness, grace, and decency—and for freedom," said President Biden

She was the first woman to hold the position and the highest-ranking woman in government at the time.

Albright was born in what was then Czechoslovakia and fled with her family after the Nazis occupied the country in 1939.

Albright's career in politics began as chief legislative assistant to the late Sen. Edmund Muskie, a Democrat from Maine, from 1976 to 1978.

She would go on to serve as a White House staff member for former President Jimmy Carter and on the National Security Council from 1978 to 1981