George W. Bush Presidential Center
Exhibits & Events
Through our three Impact Centers -- Domestic Excellence, Global Leadership, and our Engagement Agenda -- we focus on developing leaders, advancing policy, and taking action to solve today’s most pressing challenges.
The Influence and Leadership of First Ladies Around the Globe
A Conversation with Mrs. Laura Bush and Mrs. Cherie Blair
A ROle Without a RulebookThe 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.