The Medal of Freedom List: MAKERS Who Have Received the Honor Since 1993

First established by former President Harry Truman in 1945 to "recognize notable service by civilians during World War II," the Medal of Freedom has since been re-established as the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which reached a larger audience of deserving recipients.

Initially expanded by former President John F. Kennedy in 1963, the honor now recognizes "individuals who have made 'an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors."

Many who have received the award are dedicated, passionate women who have changed culture in countless indescribable ways. Women with backgrounds like Maya Angelou to Pat Summitt.

With this in mind, and the knowledge of several of this year's awardees, we looked back at those who have been honored since the 1990s. And, not surprisingly, several of our very own MAKERS have accepted the honor.

Click through the gallery above to see powerful MAKERS like Marian Wright Edelman and Marlo Thomas adorned with the beautiful blue ribbon and presidential crest inspired medal.

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Gallery

Joan Ganz Cooney Who: Co-Founder, Sesame Workshop Year Received: 1995 Awarded By: President William J. Clinton Photo Credit: MAKERS

Marian Wright Edelman Who: Founder, Children's Defense Fund Year Received: 2000 Awarded By: President William J. Clinton Photo Credit: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Rita Moreno Who: Actress Year Received: 2004 Awarded By: President George W. Bush Photo Credit: Luke Frazza/AFP/Getty Images

Carol Burnett Who: First Woman Variety Show Host Year Received: 2005 Awarded By: President George W. Bush Photo Credit: ImageCatcher News Service/Corbis via Getty Images

Donna Shalala Who: President & CEO, The Clinton Foundation Year Received: 2008 Awarded By: President George W. Bush Photo Credit: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images

Billie Jean King Who: Tennis Champion & Activist Year Received: 2009 Awarded By: President Barack H. Obama Photo Credit: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Sandra Day O'Connor Who: First Female Justice, U.S. Supreme Court Year Received: 2009 Awarded By: President Barack H. Obama Photo Credit: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Madeleine Albright Who: First Female Secretary of State Year Received: 2012 Awarded By: President Barack H. Obama Photo Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Dolores Huerta Who: Co-Founder, United Farm Workers Year Received: 2012 Awarded By: President Barack H. Obama Photo Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Gloria Steinem Who: Feminist Activist Year Received: 2013 Awarded By: President Barack H. Obama Photo Credit: ImageCatcher News Service/Corbis via Getty Images

Oprah Winfrey Who: Media Mogul & Philanthropist Year Received: 2013 Awarded By: President Barack H. Obama Photo Credit: AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

Marlo Thomas Who: Actress Year Received: 2014 Awarded By: President Barack H. Obama Photo Credit: Ken Cedeno/Corbis via Getty Images

Katherine G. Johnson Who: Mathematician, NASA Year Received: 2015 Awarded By: President Barack H. Obama Photo Credit: REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Ellen DeGeneres Who: Comedian Year Received: 2016 Awarded By: President Barack H. Obama Photo Credit: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Melinda Gates Who: Co-Chair and Trustee, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Year Received: 2016 Awarded By: President Barack H. Obama Photo Credit: Leigh Vogel/WireImage

Maya Lin Who: Artist, Architect & Memorial Designer Year Received: 2016 Awarded By: President Barack H. Obama Photo Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images