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Americas Society Awards Margarita Zavala with the Gold Medal

October 10, 2012

Mexico's first lady is honored for her outstanding work on social issues

New York, October 10, 2012- Americas Society awards Margarita Zavala de Calderón, first lady of Mexico, with its Gold Medal in honor of her commitment and outstanding work on crucial social issues, among them, the protection of unaccompanied migrant children, family development, prevention of addiction among children and youth, education, and gender equality. “Margarita Zavala is a role model for women through her extraordinary accomplishments as a lawyer, congresswoman, and her initiatives as first lady,” said Americas Society President Susan Segal. “We are truly honored to present her with the Gold Medal in recognition of her important contributions to Mexico and to the entire region.”

The Gold Medal is Americas Society’s highest honor, recognizing recipients for their leadership and contributions to their country, the hemisphere, and their fellow citizens.

Previous recipients of the Gold Medal, presented annually since 1977, include David Rockefeller, Paul Volcker, Carlos Fuentes, Roberto Egydio Setubal, Gustavo A. Cisneros, Paul Desmarais, Lorenzo Zambrano, Andrónico Luksic, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Jorge Gerdau, and Muhtar Kent.

Americas Society’s Gold Medal will be presented to Margarita Zavala de Calderón, First Lady of Mexico, in a special ceremony to be held on October 10 at America’s Society historic building at 680 Park Avenue in New York.

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Americas Society is the premier organization dedicated to education, debate, and dialogue in the Americas. Established by David Rockefeller, our mission is to foster an understanding of the contemporary political, social and economic issues confronting Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada, and to increase public awareness and appreciation of the diverse cultural heritage of the Americas and the importance of the inter-American relationship.