(43) Laura Lane Welch Bush


Laura Lane Welch Bush



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George W. Bush

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National Women's History Museum Biography of Laura Bush

George W. Bush Presidential Center Biography of Laura W. Bush

George W. Bush National Library and Museum: Laura Bush

Papers/letters collections

Laura Bush Documents in the American Presidency Project

Book: Spoken from the Heart

Historical sites

National Museum of American History Laura Bush Exhibit

Fascinating details

  • Laura Bush was formerly an elementary school teacher and librarian. 
  • Served on the boards of the University of Texas Graduate School of Library and Information Science Advisory Council and the Reading Is Fundamental Advisory Council.
  • When George W. Bush was governor of Texas in 1994, Laura worked with her mother-in-law Barbara to raise statewide literacy.
  • Admitted in a pre-inaugural interview that she opposed overturning Roe v. Wade despite her husband’s support.
  • Launched the national initiative “Ready to Read, Ready to Learn” and formed the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries.
  • Praised by the New York Post for being “the First Mom, comforting and reassuring the entire nation” post 9/11.
  • Stood in for President Bush during a weekly radio address in November 2001, the first time a first lady has done this, to speak out against the Taliban’s oppression of women and children in Afghanistan.
  • Laura gave multiple public speeches on Afghanistan, visiting seventy-five countries in eight years speaking out about women’s rights and promoting substantive health improvement. 
  • She also traveled to the Mae La refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border to bring awareness to the repressive conditions and call on the international community to act. 
  • Laura Bush left the White House with a $1.6 contract for her memoir.

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