Eleanor Roosevelt Medal of Honor

“It is the sum total of what we do as individuals that makes the world”
Eleanor Roosevelt, My Day, August 1943

The world needs dreamers. Individuals who see the world the way it is and envision a better one.

We all have a dream that lies inside of us. A vision for what life would be, if … If every community, whether family, parish, neighborhood, state or nation would have the tolerance to support the weak and marginalized. If people consistently choose to do the better thing. If everyone imparted wisdom, strength, and compassion. IF before every decision, the leaders of government, businesses, and churches would ask this question: how will what we do here today affect the seventh generation?

It’s the visionaries that change the world. The ones who are bold enough to chase their dreams. The ones determined to create a world in which dignity, equity and safety prevail.

The prestigious Eleanor Roosevelt Medal ceremoniously honors individuals who have embraced Eleanor Roosevelt’s call to build a better world through humanitarian efforts in education, advocacy, social justice, and civil and human rights. Medalists are role models for the larger community, setting the standard for community values.

Distinguished recipients of this award includes, among others: Pete Seeger, Gloria Steinem, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, Peter & Jennifer Buffett, Pumla Gobodo-Madikezeka, Senator & Mrs. Patrick Leahy, Norman Vincent Peale, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., Leymah Gbowee, James Earl Jones, Richard Holbrooke, Bill Moyers, and, Hillary R. Clinton.

2017
Randall Robinson
Shirin Ebadi
Jodi Williams
Karen Trovato
Kathleen Durham
Michael Fleischer & Michael Dupree

2016
Donald P. Christain
Sandra Lee
Danny Lebern Glover
Mikaila Ulmer

2015
Maria Cuomo Cole
Dr. Laurie Marker
Senator Stephen M. Saland
Bill Strickland
Yoshiomi Tamai

2014
Astor Services for Children & Families
Leymah Gbowee
Diana Nyad
Ambassador William J. vanden Heuvel
Katrina vanden Heuvel

2013
Joan Davidson
Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union
Glen Johnson
Senator Patrick Leahy
Marcelle Pomerleau Leahy
Gloria Steinem

2012
Tina Brown
Peter & Jennifer Buffett
Sheila Johnson
Joel Miller
Muriel Siebert

2011
Matilda Cuomo
Ann Gloag
Lorraine Roberts
Vassar College

2010
Paul Farmer
Eileen Fisher
Bernard & Shirley Handel
Mid-Hudson Library System

2009
Anderson Center for Autism
Jeh Johnson
The Honorable Judge Judith Kaye
The Honorable Madeleine Kunin

2008
Majora Carter Ruby Dee
Hudson River Housing
Kerry Kennedy
Susan Sarandon

2007
Cherie Blair
Pumla Gobodo-Madikezela
Curtis Roosevelt Scenic Hudson 

2006
John Dyson
Helene Gayle
Colette Lafuente
Gabe Pressman
Anne Tatlock

2005
Farooq Kathwari
Elayne Seaman
Harold A. Seaman
Kate Roosevelt Whitney
William D. Zabel

2004
Michael R. Bloomberg
Clara Lou Gould
Kitty Carlisle Hart
Ruth J. Simmons

2003
Joyce Ghee
Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
Donald M. Stewart
Mike Wallace 

2002
Eleanor Charwat
Bill Moyers
Judith Moyers
Sadaka Ogata
Franklin A. Thomas

2001
Dorothy I. Height
Mathilde Krim
Christopher Reeve
Joan Sherman
Jonah Sherman

2000
Ruth Cardoso
Emilie B. Dyson
Robert R. Dyson
Richard Gere
Jessye Norman

1999
Johnnetta B. Cole
Vartan Gregorian
Hannah C. Pakula
Martha Settle Putney
Peter Stern

1998
Anne E. Dyson
Frances D. Fergusson
Richard C. Holbrooke
James Earl Jones

1997
Trude W. Lash
Rachel Robinson
Hollis W. Shaw
Margaret R. Zamierowski

1996
Dennis J. Murray
Her Majesty, Queen Noor of Jordan
Lea Rabin
Frances S. Reese

1995
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Hamilton Meserve
Helen Meserve
Pete Seeger

1994
Marian Wright Edelman
Mary Lou Heissenbuttel
Lucille Pattison
Fred Rogers

1992
Edward Asner
Barbara Jordan
Jack A. McEnroe
Ethel C. Torgesen

 1991
John Chancellor
Mary Hart Keeley
Norman Vincent Peale
John C. “Chips” Quinn

1990
Hamilton Fish, Jr.
Schuyler M. Meyer
Cynthia Parsons
Marie N. Tarver

1989
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
Esther Peterson
Father Bruce Ritter
Rabbi Erwin Zimet

1988
Mother Clara McBride Hale
Eugene M. Lang
Helen Hayes MacArthur
Richard K. Wager

1987
Harry Belafonte
Trevor Ferrell
Celeste Holm
John E. Mack III
Jean Stapleton

IN MEMORIUM

2012
Muriel Siebert
The first woman of finance

2011
Lorraine Roberts
Teacher, historian and community leader 

2008
Gail Webster, Hudson River Housing
Executive Director

2007
Curtis Roosevelt
Author

2004
Kitty Carlisle Hart
Singer, actress and spokeswoman for the arts

2003
Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
Historian, social critic and public intellectual 

Mike Wallace
Journalist, game show host, actor and media personality

2001
Dorothy I. Height
Educator, civil rights and women’s activist

Christopher Reeve
Actor, film director, producer, screenwriter, author and activist

Jonah Sherman
Community leader and international volunteer

1999
Martha Settle Putney
Educator, historian and veteran

1998
Anne E. Dyson
Pediatrician and philanthropist

Richard C. Holbrooke Diplomat, magazine editor, author, professor,
Peace Corps official, and investment banker

1997
Trude W. Lash
Political activist and advocate for children

Margaret R. Zamierowski
Community leader and former ERVK Executive Director

1996
Frances S. Reese
Founder and chairwoman emeritus of Scenic Hudson

1995
Pete Seeger
Folk singer and social activist

1994
Lucille Pattison
Educator, legislator and women’s activist

Fred Rogers
Television personality and educator

1992
Barbara Jordan
Lawyer, educator, politician and leader of the Civil Rights Movement

Jack A. McEnroe
Educator, Veteran and Director of Dutchess Bank & Trust Co.

Ethel C. Torgesen
Educator

1991
John Chancellor
Journalist and news anchor

Norman Vincent Peale
Minister, author

John C. “Chips” Quinn
Poughkeepsie Journal Editor

1990
Hamilton Fish, Jr
Politician, human rights activist

 Schuyler M. Meyer
Philanthropist, foundation leader and founder of George Bird Grinnell Indian Children’s Fund

Cynthia Parsons
American writer

1989
Esther Peterson
Educator and women’s activist

Father Bruce Ritter
Catholic priest and founder of Covenant House

Rabbi Erwin Zimet
Temple Beth-El

1988
Mother Clara McBride Hale
Humanitarian and founder of Hale House Center

Helen Hayes MacArthur
First lady of American theatre

1987
Celeste Holm
Stage, film and television actress 

Jean Stapleton
Stage, film and television actress

Eleanor Roosevelt: Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Article 16 (1) Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.
(2) Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.
(3) The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.