|[September 21, 2013]
Scripps College Honors Alumna and Former U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords
CLAREMONT, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords '93 was honored today at Scripps
College by being the third recipient of the Ellen Browning Scripps
Medal, the College's highest level of recognition.
Scripps College honored alumna and former U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords '93 on Sept. 21, 2013. (Photo: Business Wire)
"It's humbling to receive this award from my alma mater and to join the
company of two inspiring women leaders who have been honored
previously," said Giffords. "Ellen Browning Scripps embodied values that
I try to live by today: public service, helping other women, and having
the courage to stand up for what's right."
The medal, named after the school's founder, has been given only twice:
to first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton in 1994 and former U.S. Supreme
Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor in 1998.
"Our community joined together today in celebration of Gabrielle
Giffords and all she has accomplished on behalf of women, civil
discourse and our country. Her leadership brings people together," said
Scripps College President Lori Bettison-Varga. "Today was a historic day
for Scripps College as we honored Gabby with a meda that represents the
confidence, courage and hope of our founder, Ellen Browning Scripps, who
advanced opportunities for others throughout her life."
Giffords is known nationwide for her consensus-building leadership in
Congress and resilience in the face of violence. Giffords was shot in
the head at a Congress "On Your Corner" event in Tucson in January 2011.
Resigning from Congress one year later, Giffords said, "I will return,
and we will work together for Arizona and this great country."
She was the youngest woman elected to the Arizona State Senate, where
she served from 2000-2005, and later in Congress from 2006-2012. She
credits her success to her values of kindness, candor and hard work. She
has fought for legislation to help working families, improve U.S.
security and advance education.
Giffords gave a powerful 2009 Commencement talk at Scripps on the
importance of public service and living a life of integrity, saying:
"The safety of the world depends on your saying 'no' to inhumane ideas.
Standing up for one's own integrity makes you no friends… yet defiance
of the mob, in the service of that which is right, is one of the highest
expressions of courage I know."
In early 2013, Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, retired Navy
Captain and NASA astronaut formed Americans for Responsible Solutions -
its aim is to encourage elected officials to stand up for solutions to
prevent gun violence and protect responsible gun ownership by
communicating directly with the constituents who elect them.
After graduating from Scripps, Giffords spent a year in Mexico as a
Fulbright recipient and went on to earn a master's degree in regional
planning from Cornell University.
The College awards the Ellen Browning Scripps Medal to women whose
pioneering accomplishments make a significant difference in the life
opportunities of other women. A reporter, suffragist and philanthropist,
Ellen Browning Scripps founded Scripps College in 1926 to develop
students who can "live more confidently, courageously, and hopefully."
Scripps College was founded in 1926 by Ellen Browning Scripps,
a pioneering philanthropist and influential figure in the worlds of
education, publishing, and women's rights. Today, Scripps is a
nationally top-ranked liberal arts college and women's college with
approximately 950 students, and is a member of The Claremont Colleges in
Southern California. The mission of Scripps College is to educate women
to develop their intellects and talents through active participation in
a community of scholars, so that as graduates they may contribute to
society through public and private lives of leadership, service,
integrity, and creativity.
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