Bill Clinton is recognized for his work to empower women with a prestigious feminism award.
Clinton will join the ranks of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison to become the latest recipient of a Sackler Center First Award from the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum.
The award usually given to a female who has broken barriers, but the board of directors made an exception this year for the “exceptional role Bill Clinton has played to empower women throughout his lifetime”.
Elizabeth Sackler, the founder of the center said:
The beloved former President is more than deserving of the award. I have met him many times personally and he has always struck me as being a true gentleman as he shares an utmost respect for women and has proved throughout his career his dedication to the feminist cause.
The number of women employed in the White House grew by 80% under President Clinton. During his two terms at the Oval Office, he gave more opportunity to female interns, assistants and secretaries than any President in history. – she explained.
Some feminist groups have decried the news as a “sad day for feminism”, describing the former president as a “macho pig” and a “known s*xual predator”, the organization denies the accusations and is expected to go on with the ceremony.
Bill Clinton is presently at the head of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) since 2001, a nonprofit foundation that focuses on improving global health and wellness and creating economic opportunity for women and girls across the world.