Senator for the state of New York and former first lady of the United States, Hillary Clinton, received the German media prize for 2004 on Sunday. "Hillary Clinton is a model politician for millions of women around the world" who "represents in an exemplary way women's rights," the jury for the prize said. Clinton, who participated Saturday and Sunday in the International Security conference in Munich, emphasised the importance of the role of NATO in transatlantic relations. Born on October 26, 1947 near Chicago, Illinois, Clinton studied law at Yale before becoming a distinguished lawyer. The German Media Prize has honored each year, since 1992, a personality who has influenced society and politics. Past winners include UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, Queen Silvia of Sweden, German chancellor Gerhard Schröder and the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. The husband of this year's winner, Bill Clinton, received the award in 1999.