08.09.132:12 PM ET

Obama to Award Gloria Steinem, Oprah Winfrey

With Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Sixteen people, including Oprah Winfrey and Gloria Steinem, are set to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom—the highest honor that can be bestowed on a civilian. Steinem, who is still very active with many women’s groups, was a leader in the women’s-liberation movement of the late 1960s and ’70s and cofounded Ms. magazine. The Oprah Winfrey Show was the highest-rated talk show for 25 years, and Winfrey has worked to help advance young women through numerous organizations. Astronaut Sally Ride will also be honored posthumously. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Medal of Freedom 50 years ago, more than 500 people have been honored.