Hillary Clinton Gets The Radcliffe Medal From Harvard University For Her 'Transformative Impact On Society'

Date May 22, 2018

Long before she ran for the president of the United States, Hillary Clinton was earning accolades for her service to humanity. She is known to have spoken strongly against anti-discrimination legislation in the US and was an advocate for women’s rights.


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On the international scene, she was instrumental to the creation of The United Democratic Front in Iraq. She also received the Mother Theresa award in 1999 for her contributions toward war relief efforts in Kosovo and around the world.


Her influence reached over into the arts as well. In 1997, Clinton was awarded the Lincoln Medal from the Ford's Theatre Society, presented annually to "individuals who, through their body of work, accomplishments or personal attributes, exemplify the lasting legacy, and mettle of character embodied by Abraham Lincoln." She also won the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for It Takes a Village at the 1997 Grammy Awards.

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Another feather in her cap

Organizers of Harvard’s graduation week activities have announced that Hillary Clinton will be awarded the Radcliffe Medal for her “transformative impact on society.” According to the official announcement, Clinton had been chosen for the prestigious award as she is a “champion for human rights,” a “skilled legislator” and “an advocate of American leadership”

The award comes at a time when the dust is more or less settled after the private email server saga that obliterated Clinton’s position in the 2016 presidential elections. Laudably, she managed to engage the American people even after results made it clear a Clinton win was out of the question.


It is a testament of her resilience and proof that despite the drama, many American institutions still see her as a figure to be admired. Her position on progressive politics showed the world that it was possible to find common ground between classes and races.

Not everyone is happy about the award

Clinton’s award comes as a surprise to some of her critics who feel the former Secretary of State is underserving of such an honor.

Some notable women have been awarded the medal in the past, including retired Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Sandra Day O'Connor in 2009 and the first woman to become United States Secretary of State, Madeleine K. Albright in 2001.

Clinton’s award may not go down well with a lot of people, but it is clear that Harvard believes she deserves it.

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