Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will be the 2013 recipient of the Liberty Medal, officials with the National Constitution Center announced today.
Clinton will be recognized in a special ceremony Sept. 10 and be given the the award by Gov. Jeb Bush, chair of the Center.
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“Former Secretary Clinton has dedicated her life to serving and engaging people across the world in democracy,” Bush said in a release today. “These efforts as a citizen, an activist, and a leader have earned Secretary Clinton this year’s Liberty Medal.”
Some of her career highlights include: A champion for equal rights for women and girls; the first First Lady to serve in the Cabinet; she's traveled more than any other Secretary of State; she used social media to engage citizens; became the highest U.S. representative to make an official visit to Burma in 50 years.
“As a life-long public servant, elected official, advocate and civic leader, Hillary Clinton has championed critical issues which she passionately cares about, collaborated with colleagues across the political spectrum, and worked on behalf of every American,” said Mayor Michael Nutter. “She is a most deserving addition to the list of renowned men and women who have been awarded the Liberty Medal. I am thrilled the National Constitution Center has chosen to honor her contributions and achievements.”
From January 2009 to February 2013, Clinton served as the 67th Secretary of State.
The National Constitution Center ceremony on Independence Mall will be broadcast live on WPVI at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 10.
Past winners include Muhammad Ali, Nelson Mandela, Shimon Peres, Kofi Annan, Sandra Day O'Connor, Tony Blair, Robert M. Gates, and Bono.