Thursday, November 21, 2013

And the Award Goes to...

On Wednesday, November 20, 2013, renowned women’s rights activist Gloria Steinem received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barrack Obama. 

This medal is the highest honor the United States can award an individual who is not a member of the U.S. military. The medal is “presented to 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 endeavors”.  

President Obama praised Steinen for promoting “lasting political and social change in America and abroad” and, among other things, for “inspiring us all to take up the cause of reaching for a more just tomorrow.”  

Steinen is a feminist, journalist, and social and political activist.  She has been a leader in the pro-choice movement for more than forty years, and is one of America’s foremost feminists. She is the co-founder of the feminist-themed magazine Ms., and has actively campaigned for the Equal Rights Amendment, access to abortion, equal marriage, as well as many other politically charged causes and organizations.

Upon accepting the award, Steinem said, “I’d be crazy if I didn’t understand that this was a medal for the entire women’s movement.”