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First Lady Michelle Obama And Mrs. Laura Bush To Participate In Moderated Conversation On Improving The Lives Of Women And Girls Globally

September 16, 2015


On September 22, 2015, Mrs. Laura Bush will be joined by First Lady Michelle Obama live via teleconference for an interactive conversation about the unique platform of First Ladies to improve the lives of women and girls.  The conversation will incorporate a series of questions from women and girls around the world, as well as empowering adolescent girls and ensuring education opportunities.

While in office, Mrs. Bush used her position to advocate for women, and she continues that work at the George W. Bush Institute through the Global Women’s Initiatives, which empower women and girls to lead in their communities and countries through access to education, health care, and economic opportunity. The First Lady will discuss Let Girls Learn, an initiative that seeks to help the more than 62 million girls who are not in school around the world—half of whom are adolescent—go to school and stay in school. The conversation will incorporate a series of questions from women and girls around the world.

Their discussion is part of the two-day 2015 Global Women’s Network, a summit hosted by the George W. Bush Institute focused on ideas, innovation, and partnerships to promote women’s education, health, and economic empowerment.     

Partnering with tech industry pioneers Facebook and Google, the event brings together First Ladies from around the world, private and public sector leaders, and the next generation of innovators to showcase collaboration and effective solutions to pressing challenges for women and girls.

President George W. Bush will deliver remarks at the summit on September 22.


Global Women’s Network

A Summit of Ideas, Innovation, and Partnerships

The Global Women’s Network event will launch on September 21 with a special screening and discussion of the film “Girl Rising,” which tells the story of the power of education to transform the world.

Two plenary panels on September 22 will highlight:

  • Next Generation Innovators: Transforming Lives through Creative Interventions

  • The Power of Public Private Partnerships: Collaborating to Improve the Lives of Women and Girls

 Salon panels on September 22 to include:

  • Freedom from Injustice: Empowering Women and Girls by Combatting Exploitation and Discrimination

  • Healthy Women, Healthy Nations: Saving Lives Through Technology Advancements

  • Education for All: Expanding Opportunities for Girls and Equipping Women Leaders

  • Invest in Women: The Key to Economic Prosperity


September 21-22, 2015

George W. Bush Presidential Center

Dallas, Texas                         


Advancing women’s economic empowerment, health, and education is imperative to development because the inclusion and active participation of women in all areas of society increases stability and prosperity of countries. Investing in women results in better outcomes for entire families, communities, and nations.

At the Bush Center, we envision a world where all children have access to education, women are living healthy, vibrant lives, and the economic life of countries is spurred by the active inclusion of women. The 2015 Global Women’s Network will spotlight ideas, innovations, and partnerships that are making this dream a reality, disrupting the status quo and improving the lives of women and girls globally.

This event is open to the media and requires credentials acquired in advance. To register for credentials, please submit at http://www.bushcenter.org/newsroom/credentialing-and-coverage by September 17 at 5:00 p.m. CST. For questions regarding media, please contact [email protected] To follow the conversation on social media, use hashtag #GWN2015.