25 most powerful women in Republican politics.
Condoleezza Rice Former U.S. secretary of state
As the nation’s first female African-American secretary of state, Rice, 58, played a key role in counterbalancing the stauncher neoconservatives in George W. Bush’s administration. Although she will probably never be a favorite of social conservatives — she once described herself as “mildly pro-choice” — Rice has frequently been mentioned as a strong prospect to serve on a national ticket.
Fueling that speculation was her remark at the 2012 Convention that her parents had raised their little girl to believe “she can be the president of the United States.”
Whether Rice is really prepared to leave Stanford University for the ground-and-pound of politics remains to be seen. But with her extraordinary resume, it is a safe bet that Rice will continue to inspire a generation of women leaders.