List of awards and honors received by Hillary Clinton

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Hillary Clinton has received many awards and honors. Awards are broken out by biographical era received by her in, although they often recognize efforts conducted in previous eras as well. A few media or polling organizations have repeatedly named Clinton in annual recognitions they give; these mentions are listed at the end.

While First Lady of Arkansas[edit]

While First Lady of the United States[edit]

An exhibit at the William J. Clinton Presidential Center also honors Hillary Rodham Clinton's time as First Lady of the United States.

While United States Senator from New York[edit]

While United States Secretary of State[edit]

While private citizen before 2016 presidential election[edit]

Clinton being presented with the 2013 Chatham House Prize by Prince Andrew, Duke of York
  • On February 14, 2013, two weeks after stepping down as Secretary of State, Clinton was given Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the highest Pentagon medal given to private citizens or politicians. Both Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta praised the unusually cooperative relationship the two departments had during Clinton's tenure.[47]
  • On May 8, 2013, Clinton was honored by the Pacific Council on International Policy with the inaugural Warren Christopher Public Service Award.[48]
  • On July 8, 2013, the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library and Learning Center was dedicated in Little Rock, Arkansas, having recently been named that by the Central Arkansas Library System. Clinton read The Very Hungry Caterpillar to mark the occasion.[49]
  • On August 28, 2013, the British international affairs think tank Chatham House voted Clinton as the 2013 winner of the Chatham House Prize "in recognition of her personal leadership in driving a new era of US diplomatic engagement and for her particular focus on promoting education and rights for women and girls" [50]
  • On September 10, 2013, the National Constitution Center awarded Clinton the 2013 Liberty Medal for her positions in public service and for her advocacy efforts towards more rights for women and girls worldwide.[51]
  • On September 13, 2013, the University of St Andrews conferred an honorary Doctor of Law degree onto her in recognition of her "roles as politician, diplomat and champion of education, human rights, democracy, civil society, and opportunities for women and girls around the world."[52][53]
  • Beginning in February 2014, the annual Hillary Rodham Clinton Awards for Advancing Women in Peace and Security have been given by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, of which Clinton is the Honorary Founding Chair.[54][55]
  • On May 3, 2014, Hillary Rodham Clinton received the Order of Lincoln, the highest award of the State of Illinois, where she was born and raised.[56]
  • On December 16, 2014, Clinton received a Ripple of Hope Award from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.[57][58]
  • In 2014, Clinton was named by Glamour magazine as one of "The 75 Most Important Women of the Past 75 Years."[59]
  • On March 3, 2015, Clinton accepted the "We Are Emily" award from Emily's List.[60]
  • On March 16, 2015, Clinton was inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame.[61]
  • On June 4, 2015, Clinton received the first Barbara Jordan Public-Private Leadership Award, named in honor of Congresswoman Barbara Jordan and given to "a deserving woman anywhere in the world who has made the highest achievement during the preceding year or years in any honorable field of human endeavor in the public or private sector."[62]
  • On November 19, 2015, Clinton received the first Mario M. Cuomo Visionary Award.[63]
  • In June 2016, a bust of Clinton was unveiled in the main square of the Albanian city Saranda.[64]

While private citizen after 2016 presidential election[edit]

  • Georgetown GLOW, an exhibition of art commissioned for the 2016 holiday season, included among other things the artwork "Red, White, and Hillary Blue Diamonds," which was "dedicated to former Senator Hillary Clinton, who is the beacon of dignity and guiding light, as a thank you for her strength as we move forward."[65] This artwork was five diamond-shaped aluminum frames lit up by LED lights, installed in three locations.[65]
  • Clinton was named as one of espnW's 2016 IMPACT25 honorees.[66]
  • Clinton was named as The Guardian’s Person of the Year 2016.[67]
  • In January 2017, the U.S. Diplomacy Center, a museum on American diplomacy, was ceremonially opened; it contains the Hillary Rodham Clinton Pavilion.[68][69]
  • In January 2017, Clinton became the first woman to have a portrait on the walls at the They Also Ran Gallery in Norton, Kansas; this gallery honors people who did not win the presidency.[70]
  • In April 2017 she was honored by Planned Parenthood as 'Champion of the Century'.
  • On 14 October 2017, she received an honorary Doctor of Laws (LL.D) degree from Swansea University for her role in advancing humans rights and acknowledging her Welsh heritage.[71]
  • On 14 October 2017, it was announced that Swansea University's College of Law would be renamed the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law.[71]
  • On 26 October 2017, she was given the first Women's Media Center Wonder Woman Award.[72]
  • In November 2017 Clinton received the award for being the Democratic Woman of the Year from the Woman's National Democratic Club.[73]
  • In March 2018 it was announced that Clinton would be honored by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study in May 2018 with the Radcliffe Medal, which "honors individuals whose lives and work have had a transformative impact on society."[74]
  • In April 2018 Clinton received the inaugural Ida B. Wells Legacy Award from a political action committee formed in tribute to that early feminist and civil rights figure.[75]
  • In June 2018, Clinton got an honorary doctorate from Trinity College Dublin.[76]
  • On 10 October 2018 She was awarded the Honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from Queen's University Belfast. [77]

Multiple instance honors[edit]


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