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5 refugee women who have made a mark on history

Meet five refugee women—as diverse as former United States Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to rapper M.I.A.—who have made a mark on history.

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Here are 5 refugee women who have made a mark on history.

Madeleine Albright is the first female Secretary of State in U.S. history. 

Her family was forced into exile when Hitler invaded Czechoslovakia.

Marlene Dietrich was a German-born Hollywood star and political refugee. 

She spoke out against Hitler's Nazi regime and found refuge in the U.S.

Warsan Shire, featured in Beyonce's "Lemonade," was born in Kenya to Somali refugees.

She was honored as London's first ever young poet laureate in 2014.

M.I.A. is the first person of Asian descent nominated for an Oscar and Grammy in the same year. 

The rapper and activist was 9 when she fled war-torn Sri Lanka for England. 

Ilhan Omar is the first Somali-American ever elected to the U.S. Congress.

Born in Mogadishu, she arrived to the U.S. as a refugee when she was 12.

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