President Obama to Award Presidential Medal of Freedom to Gloria Steinem, Oprah Winfrey

President Obama to Award Presidential Medal of Freedom to Gloria Steinem, Oprah Winfrey


Nov 18, 2013

Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning." - Gloria Steinem

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation's highest civilian honor, and on Wednesday November 20th, 2013 President Barack Obama will present the award to 16 recipients, including groundbreakers and MAKERS Gloria Steinem and Oprah Winfrey.

The Medal honors individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavor.

In its announcement, the White House writes that Gloria Steinem is "a leader in the women's liberation movement, co-founded Ms. magazine, and helped launch a wide variety of groups and publications dedicated to advancing civil rights. Ms. Steinem has received dozens of awards over the course of her career, and remains an active voice for women's rights." Steinem has been a controversial, good-humored, and inescapable public conscience on issues of equality and social justice for over five decades.

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey will also be honored as one of the "world's most successful broadcast journalists, best known for creating The Oprah Winfrey Show, which became the highest rated talk show in America for 25 years." Winfrey is also an active philanthropist, expanding opportunities for young women around the world.

The 14 other recipients include Ernie Banks, Ben Bradlee, Bill Clinton, Daniel Inouye (posthumous), Daniel Kahneman, Richard Lugar, Loretta Lynn, Mario Molina, Sally Ride (posthumous), Bayard Rustin (posthumous), Arturo Sandoval, Dean Smith, Cordy Tindell "C.T." Vivian and Patricia Wald.

Congratulations to all recipients and their families!

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