At the close of last school year, the Cleveland Council on World Affairs featured the 66th U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, as the keynote presenter and honoree at the Global Impact Awards ceremony at the Cleveland Clinic. There was a brief Q&A period following Dr. Rice’s talk, during which moderator Ronn Richard, president and CEO of The Cleveland Foundation, invited Hathaway Brown’s own Dixon Hill ’25 to the microphone to make a query. (Read more in this piece from Currents by Peggy Turbett.)
“As only the second woman to serve as U.S. Secretary of State and the first woman to serve as national security adviser, how do you see strong women’s rights playing into a successful democracy,” Dixon asked. Richard selected Dixon for this honor because she had portrayed Secretary Rice for her Notable Woman project at school. This annual fourth-grade tradition calls on the girls to select a notable woman in history, write a research paper about her, and assume her identity for a morning of interviews with parents and faculty.
As she prepares to begin HB Middle School, we checked in with Dixon this summer and asked her to share her thoughts about the experience.
HB: Why did you choose to profile Condoleezza Rice as your Notable Woman?
DH: I picked Condoleezza Rice because our class was doing a project called Notable Women and most of my classmates were doing someone that was famous in sports and I wanted to pick someone who was different.
HB: What was it like to meet her?
DH: It was a virtual experience to get to meet Dr. Rice. Very few students in the history of the Notable Women project get to meet their choice. After studying her for so long, finally meeting her in person was fascinating.
HB: How did the question you asked her at the CCWA program relate to Hathaway Brown?
DH: Oddly enough, Hathaway Brown is an all-girls school that teaches us how to rise boldly and the question I asked was how can women make the world a better place.