Steve Jobs, Denzel Washington and Simone Biles honored by Joe Biden

Steve Jobs, Denzel Washington and Simone Biles awarded by Joe Biden

Steve Jobs will receive the Posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The late Apple creator Steve Jobs, actor Denzel Washington, soccer player Megan Rapinoe and gymnast Simone Biles will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor, the White House announced on Friday.

They are among 17 Americans honored by President Joe Biden for their outstanding contributions to the prosperity and values ​​of the United States, to world peace or to peace in the world. other major projects, according to a statement.

Two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington is best known for his roles in Malcolm X and Philadelphia. He recently starred in The Tragedy of Macbeth, released in 2021, which earned him another Oscar nomination.

Megan Rapinoe, star of the United States women's soccer team, is being recognized for its commitment to gender pay equity, racial justice and LGBTQI+ rights.

Among the winners is also Simone Biles, the most decorated American gymnast in history, but also a great advocate for the mental health of athletes and victims of sexual assault, the White House said.

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She is among the victims of Larry Nassar, a former doctor for the US women's gymnastics team convicted of sexually assaulting more than 250 mostly underage gymnasts.

< p class="e-p">John McCain, war hero tortured in the Vietnam War and elected Republican for decades, will be honored posthumously.

Unsuccessful presidential candidate in 2008, John McCain died in 2018 at the age of 81.

This is also the case with Steve Jobs, who co-founded and led Apple in addition to managing Pixar's studios. The White House noted that his vision, imagination and creativity led to inventions that have changed and continue to change the way the world communicates, while transforming the industries of computing, music, films and mobile phones.

Former lawmaker Gabrielle Giffords, a shooting survivor who has since campaigned for stricter gun regulations, will receive it too this prestigious award, at a time when the Biden administration is trying to fight against the killings that regularly beset the country.

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