Whether petitioning Congress for higher teacher salaries or fundraising for the National Book Festival, Mrs. Bush went to great lengths to improve education and literacy.
Toward the close of her husband’s second term, Mrs. Bush stepped up her efforts with both legislators and reporters as part of the administration’s push to reauthorize her husband’s prized education bill, “No Child Left Behind.”
While she was criticized by some for her infrequent public appearances, she increased her public profile over her husband’s eight years in office.
Both during and after her tenure as first lady, Gutin notes, Bush has concerned herself with the plight of Afghan women. She continues to raise money to support women there, says Gutin, recently fundraising to help young girls attend school.