Hillary Rodham Clinton to receive National Constitution Center’s 2013 Liberty Medal



Award to be presented by Governor Jeb Bush


HRC640Philadelphia, PA (June 27, 2013) – The National Constitution Center announced today that Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will receive the 2013 Liberty Medal in recognition of her lifelong career in public service and her ongoing advocacy efforts on behalf of women and girls around the globe. Governor Jeb Bush, chair of the National Constitution Center, will award the prestigious medal to Secretary Clinton during the 25th annual Liberty Medal ceremony on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at 7 p.m. The ceremony will take place at the National Constitution Center on Independence Mall in Historic Philadelphia and will be broadcast live on WPVI-TV/6abc and 6abc.com.

Throughout her nearly four-decade career as one of America’s most dedicated public servants, Secretary Clinton has continued to champion equal opportunities for women and girls in order to advance the security and prosperity of all people and nations. As the 67th Secretary of State, Clinton broke national and global barriers. She was the first First Lady to serve in a presidential Cabinet. She traveled to more countries than any other Secretary of State. She used social media to engage citizens in the workings of diplomacy, and she paid an official visit to Burma, making her the highest U.S. representative to do so in half a century. As Secretary of State, Clinton advocated for “smart power” in foreign policy, elevating diplomacy and development and repositioning them for the 21st century—with new tools, technologies, and partners, including the private sector and civil society around the world.

“Former Secretary Clinton has dedicated her life to serving and engaging people across the world in democracy,” said National Constitution Center Chairman Governor Jeb Bush. “These efforts as a citizen, an activist, and a leader have earned Secretary Clinton this year’s Liberty Medal.”

“The Liberty Medal recognizes individuals who have furthered the ideals of freedom, democracy, and equality, often against great odds,” said National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen. “Hillary Clinton has devoted her life to expanding opportunities for ‘We the People’ not just in this country but around the globe.”

“Hillary Clinton’s lifelong commitment and sense of civic duty is admirable and a reminder of the importance of actively participating in our democracy,” said Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett. “The Liberty Medal is another defining moment in a lifetime of moments for the former Secretary of State and is justly deserved.”

“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 Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. 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.”

Hillary Rodham Clinton served as the 67th Secretary of State of the United States from January 21, 2009 until February 1, 2013, after nearly four decades in public service as an advocate, attorney, First Lady, and Senator.

As First Lady, Hillary Clinton advocated for universal affordable, quality health care and led successful bipartisan efforts to improve the adoption and foster care systems, reduce teen pregnancy, and establish both the Children’s Health Insurance Program and Early Head Start, which provides support for children in the crucial first three years of life.

She also traveled to more than 80 countries as a representative of our country, winning respect as a champion of human rights, democracy, civil society, and opportunities for women and girls around the world.

In 2000, Clinton made history as the first First Lady elected to the United States Senate. She worked across party lines to expand economic opportunity and access to quality, affordable health care, including for wounded service members, veterans and members of the Nationa Guard and Reserves. After September 11, 2001, she helped secure more than $20 billion for the rebuilding of New York and fought for the health needs of first responders who risked their lives at Ground Zero.

In 2007 and 2008, Clinton made her historic campaign for President of the United States, winning 18 million votes, and more primaries and delegates than any woman had before.

In her four years as Secretary of State, Clinton played a central role in restoring America’s standing in the world and strengthening its global leadership. Her “smart power” approach to foreign policy elevated American diplomacy and development and repositioned them for the 21st century—with new tools, technologies, and partners, including the private sector and civil society around the world. As America’s chief diplomat and the President’s principal foreign policy adviser, Clinton spearheaded progress on many of our greatest national security challenges, from reasserting the United States as a Pacific power and imposing crippling sanctions on Iran and North Korea to responding to the challenges and opportunities of the Arab Awakening and negotiating a ceasefire in the Middle East. She pushed the frontiers of human rights and demonstrated that giving women the opportunity to participate fully is vital to the security, stability, and prosperity of all nations.

Today, Clinton continues to build on the nonprofit work she began nearly four decades ago through the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, which works to improve global health, strengthen economies, promote health and wellness, and protect the environment by fostering partnerships among businesses, governments, nongovernmental organizations, and private citizens.

The Liberty Medal was established in 1988 to commemorate the bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution. Given annually, the medal honors men and women of courage and conviction who strive to secure the blessings of liberty to people around the globe. The Liberty Medal was first administered by the National Constitution Center in 2006, when Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton were honored for their bipartisan humanitarian efforts on behalf of the victims of the tsunami in Southeast Asia and the hurricanes on the Gulf Coast.

Last year’s medal was awarded to Muhammad Ali. Other past Liberty Medal winners include Nelson Mandela, Shimon Peres, Kofi Annan, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, former Prime Minister Tony Blair, former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, and Bono. The Medal also has been awarded to organizations, including Doctors Without Borders and CNN International. Six recipients of the Medal subsequently have won the Nobel Peace Prize.



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EDITOR’S NOTE: A complete list of Liberty Medal winners follows

Past Recipients of the Liberty Medal

2012      Muhammad Ali

2011      Dr. Robert M. Gates, former U.S. Secretary of Defense

2010     Tony Blair, former British Prime Minister

2009      Steven Spielberg

2008      Mikhail Gorbachev, former Soviet leader

2007      Bono and DATA

2006    George H.W. Bush and William J. Clinton, former U.S. Presidents

2005    Viktor Yushchenko, President of Ukraine

2004    Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan

2003    Sandra Day O’Connor, Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court

2002    Colin Powell, U.S. Secretary of State

2001    Kofi Annan, United Nations Secretary-General*

2000    Dr. James Watson and Dr. Francis Crick, co-discoverers of the structure of DNA

1999    Kim Dae Jung, President of South Korea*

1998    Senator George J. Mitchell, Irish peace negotiator

1997    CNN International
1996    King Hussein I of Jordan and Shimon Peres, former Prime Minister of Israel

1995    Sadako Ogata, United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees

1994    Václav Havel, President of the Czech Republic

1993    F.W. de Klerk, President of South Africa* and Nelson Mandela, President of the African National Congress*

1992    Thurgood Marshall, former Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court

1991    Oscar Arias, President of Costa Rica and Médecins sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders)*

1990    Jimmy Carter, former U.S. President*

1989    Lech Walesa, founder of Solidarity, Poland

* Liberty Medal recipients who subsequently won the Nobel Peace Prize