Yesterday President Obama Gave Medals of Arts to Some Amazing Women

There's a lot of buzz about how President Barack Obama gave a National Medal of Arts to Star Wars creator George Lucas yesterday. But he also honored quite a few women in the ceremony. For instance: Author Joan Didion (above).

Yesterday President Obama Gave Medals of Arts to Some Amazing Women

Actress/playwright/professor Anna Deavere Smith.

Yesterday President Obama Gave Medals of Arts to Some Amazing Women

Lin Arison, co-founder of the National YoungArts Foundation.

Yesterday President Obama Gave Medals of Arts to Some Amazing Women

Author Jill Ker Conway.

Yesterday President Obama Gave Medals of Arts to Some Amazing Women

Novelist and essayist Marilynne Robinson.

Yesterday President Obama Gave Medals of Arts to Some Amazing Women

Author/historian/pioneer in feminist studies Natalie Zemon Davis.

Yesterday President Obama Gave Medals of Arts to Some Amazing Women

Comedian/director/screenwriter/actress Elaine May.

Yesterday President Obama Gave Medals of Arts to Some Amazing Women

Dancer, choreographer and artistic director and founder of the Philadelphia Dance Company, Joan Myers Brown.

And more.

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