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Women of the Hall

Year Honored: 1998
Birth: 1935 -
Born In: Minnesota, United States of America
Achievements: Government
Educated In: Minnesota
Schools Attended: Hamline University
Worked In: District of Columbia

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Rozanne L. Ridgway

Ambassador Rozanne L. Ridgway has been an American foreign policy leader since the Nixon administration. Her expertise as an international negotiator has been demonstrated in complex multilateral and bilateral agreements she has negotiated on behalf of the United States. In the early 1970s, Ridgway skillfully negotiated longstanding issues over fishing rights in Brazil, Peru and the Bahamas. This led to her appointment in 1976 as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and Fisheries. During her tenure, she negotiated the 200-mile fishing rights treaty. Ridgway's subsequent negotiations led to the return of property of U.S. citizens from Czechoslovakia, an arrangement that will provide the basis for similar negotiations with Cuba when relations are normalized. Her success dealing with these issues -- a complicated mix of domestic politics, economics, foreign policy and international security issues -- prepared her for substantial contribution at the highest level of our government. As Special Assistant to the Secretary of State for Negotiations and, subsequently, the Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Canada, she was the lead negotiator at all five Reagan/Gorbachev summits. These brought the first substantive reductions in nuclear weapons, signaled the beginning of the end of Communism and the Cold War, and established the fundamental realignment of global power as America prepared to enter the 21st century. Between Ridgway's positions at the Department of State, she served as America's Ambassador to Finland from 1977 to 1980 and as the Ambassador to the German Democratic Republic between 1983 and 1985.
Additional Sources:
United States, Congress, Committee on Foreighn Affairs, Subcommittee on Europe and the Middle East. Developments in Europe, June 1987: hearings before the Subcommitte on Europe and the Middle East. One Hundredth Congress, June 29, 1987. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1987.