The New York Times reports that The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest honor a grateful nation, or at least president, has to bestow on a civilian. Perhaps the most surprising pick is Juliette Gordon Low, who founded the Girl Scouts 100 years ago. The Medal of Freedom is often awarded posthumously, but rarely quite so post.
Politico writes that born in 1860, Low founded the Girl Scouts in 1912. The organization strives to teach girls self-reliance and resourcefulness. It also encourages girls to seek fulfillment in the professional world and to become active citizens in their communities. Since 1912, the Girl Scouts has grown into the largest educational organization for girls and has had over 50 million members. This year, the Girl Scouts celebrate their 100th Anniversary, calling 2012 “The Year of the Girl.”
The White House reports that along with Juliette Gordon Low, Madeleine Albright, John Glenn, Toni Morrison, John Paul Stevens, Pat Summitt, Shimon Peres, Bob Dylan, William Foege, Jan Karski, Dolores Huerta, Gordon Hirabayashi and John Doar will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
“These extraordinary honorees come from different backgrounds and different walks of life, but each of them has made a lasting contribution to the life of our Nation," said President Obama. "They’ve challenged us, they’ve inspired us, and they’ve made the world a better place. I look forward to recognizing them with this award.”