Every spring on Radcliffe Day, we celebrate our commitment—in the past, present, and future—to excellence and inquiry.

The Radcliffe Institute presents the Radcliffe Medal to an individual who has had a transformative impact on society.

2017
Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff

2016
Janet Yellen

2015
Ruth Bader Ginsburg

2014
Drew Gilpin Faust

2013
Jane Alexander

2012
Margaret H. Marshall

2011
Ela Bhatt

2010
Gloria Steinem

2009
Sandra Day O'Connor

2008
Donna E. Shalala

2007
Toni Morrison

2006
Linda Greenhouse ’68

2005
Denise Scott Brown

2004
Shirley M. Tilghman

2003
Margaret Atwood AM ’62

2002
Billie Jean King

2001
Madeleine K. Albright
(Special Medal: Mary Maples Dunn RI ’01, RI ’02 )

2000
Susan Love

1999
Johnnetta Cole
(Special Medal: Linda S. Wilson)

1998
Janet Reno LLB ’63

1997
Jessye Norman

1996
Doris Kearns Goodwin PhD ’68, IOP ’91

1995
Charlayne Hunter-Gault

1994
Katharine Graham

1993
Elizabeth Dole MAT ’60, JD ’65

1992
Alice Walker BF ’72

1991
Derek Bok JD ’54

1990
Sylvia Earle BI ’68

1989
Marian Wright Edelman

1988
Matina Horner

1988
Jane Pauley

1987
Lena Horne