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The Influence and Leadership of First Ladies Around the Globe

March 28, 2017
Watch live online 9:30 a.m. Central Time

A Conversation with Mrs. Laura Bush and Mrs. Cherie Blair

A ROle Without a Rulebook

The Bush Institute First Ladies Initiative and the International Center for Research on Women examined the expanding role of first ladies, their leadership on critical issues, the challenges they face in leveraging this unique platform, and how first ladies overcome those challenges to make a difference on critical issues at local, national, and global levels. Read Report

Mrs. Laura Bush and Mrs. Cherie Blair engaged in a conversation on the role of first ladies across the globe.

The conversation was held in conjunction with the release of the Bush Institute's latest report, A Role Without a Rulebook: The Influence and Leadership of Global First Ladies. This new study expands the field of scholarship on first ladies and women's leadership by exploring how spouses of state leaders around the globe are making a difference on critical issues at local, national, and global levels. The report examines the leadership potential of the first lady role, the common and uncommon challenges women face in realizing that potential, and how first ladies overcome those challenges to effect change on their chosen issues.