Earlier today, President Barack Obama awarded 13 people with the highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which is given to people who have made the world a better place. Madeleine Albright, the first woman to serve as U.S. Secretary of State, was given this great honor for “her efforts to bring peace to the Middle East and Africa, reduce the spread of nuclear weapons, and for her role as a longtime champion of democracy and human rights” the Daily Beast reported. Also, Toni Morrison, the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize was a recipient as well.
Obama said, “What sets these [men and] women apart is the incredible impact they have had on so many people, not in short and blinding bursts, but steadily, over the course of a lifetime…They have moved us with their words, they have inspired us with their actions” reported CNN. Along with Albright and Morrison, a slew of other women were also given awards, including Dolores Huerta, an activist and political organizer; Jan Karski, an officer in the Polish Underground during World War II; and Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts. Women are truly making a difference in this world and it’s nice to see their good efforts acknowledged.
Keep up the good work ladies! You each embody the true definition of a Renegade Chick! Watch the ceremony below.