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Laura Bush: The Causes That Defined President George W. Bush's First Lady

By    |   Monday, 08 Jun 2015 04:27 PM

As a former teacher and librarian, first lady Laura Bush used her experience and passion to shape her causes during her husband’s term in the White House. Creating her legacy by founding the National Book Festival and the Laura Bush Foundation, this first lady centered much of her work on education and reading.

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Her education focus merged well with President Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act. Early in her tenure as first lady, Bush created the “Ready to Read, Ready to Learn” program that focused on early childhood education and teaching innovations, according to the White House website.

Known as being more low profile, Bush spoke out on all matters surrounding education. In 2002, she testified before the Senate Committee on Education, advocating to improve teach salaries and training for early childhood programs like Head Start, Biography.com said.
The Laura Bush Foundation was founded in 2002. It focuses on supporting American libraries as reading is “the foundation of all learning,” the organization's’s website states.

As she became increasing a public figure, Bush expanded her work, blending education and the War on Terror. She promoted gender equality and education in Afghanistan and spoke at the World Economic Forum in 2005, “emphasizing the link between education and fostering democracy,” Biography.com reported.

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In her final years as first lady, she branched out to health and wellness topics. Bush supported her husband’s global initiative on Malaria and AIDS relief. She also traveled domestically as an ambassador for the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s Heart Truth Campaign.

In all her work, Bush stayed consistent and determined – advocating for education and health nationally and globally.

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