Heroes of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
November 8, 2010 - September 9, 2011
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William J. Clinton Presidential Library
The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian award in the United States. It is awarded by the President in recognition of an individual’s "meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors."
Heroes of the Presidential Medal of Freedom features several significant women from different walks of life who have received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for their dedication and work on behalf of our country. Four First Ladies have received this honor: Lady Bird Johnson, Betty Ford, Rosalynn Carter and Nancy Reagan. Other distinguished women included in this exhibit are Contralto Marian Anderson, Dr. Rachel Carson, Advocate Marian Wright Edelman, Modern Dancer Martha Graham, Dr. Wilma Mankiller, Dr. Margaret Mead, Supreme Court Judge Sandra Day O'Connor, Artist Georgia O'Keeffe, and Dr. Annie Wauneka.
Additional information about the Presidential Medal of Freedom
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