One of the most recognized women in national politics will be honored in Philadelphia as the 2013 Liberty Medal recipient.
Former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will receive the award "in recognition of her lifelong career in public service and her ongoing advocacy efforts on behalf of women and girls around the globe," according to the National Constitution Center's website.
“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.”
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Clinton, 65, has been in the public eye for more than two decades. First, as First Lady of the United States. Then in 2000, she was elected to the United States Senate, representing New York. It was an historic event because Clinton was the first First Lady to ever reach that goal. She ran for President in the 2008 race and then served in the Obama Administration as Secretary of State.
“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.”
Bush will present Clinton with the award at this year's ceremony, which takes place at the N.C.C. on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m.
Past recipients include Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, filmmaker Steven Spielberg, former South African President Nelson Mandela, rocker Bono and sports icon Muhammad Ali.