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An Evening with Laura Bush
University Speakers Series

Feb 21, 2018

University Speakers Series
An Evening with Laura Bush
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 7:30 pm

As chair of the Bush Institute’s Women’s Initiative, Mrs. Bush is passionate about access to education, healthcare and economic opportunity for women and girls around the world. The Bush Institute prepares and empowers the next generation of women leaders in North Africa and the Middle East, works to ensure the expansion and protection of women’s rights in Afghanistan, and engages and supports First Ladies from around the world so they can effectively use their unique platforms to advance issues for women and girls in their countries

Women’s healthcare also has been a central issue for Mrs. Bush. Because heart disease is the leading cause of death among American women, she partnered with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to launch The Heart Truth campaign and the Red Dress project. The Heart Truth campaign raises awareness among women about their risk for heart disease. As First Lady, she also helped launch the first international partnerships for breast cancer awareness and research, visiting countries in Europe, the Middle East, Central and South America to support programs that help women detect breast cancer early so they can seek treatment when it has the best chance of success. Mrs. Bush also has visited more than a dozen countries to support the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and the President’s Malaria Initiative. President and Mrs. Bush continue their work to promote women’s health through Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, an independent affiliate of the George W. Bush Institute and a global partnership fighting women’s cancers.