George W. Bush Institute

Women's Advancement

Improving the lives of women and girls through education, opportunity, health, and leadership development.

Our dedication to respecting and protecting women’s rights in all countries must continue if we are to achieve a peaceful, prosperous, and stable world.
–Mrs. Laura Bush

Societies, families, communities, and countries thrive when women and girls hold equal and active roles.

The Bush Institute works to support the women around the world who are building stronger communities and driving us toward a more peaceful world by developing policies and research that advance women’s leadership and spotlight their stories.

From local advocates to global first ladies, we work to advance the impact of women leaders.

Read Natalie Gonnella-Platts's biography.
Natalie Gonnella-Platts

Director, Global Policy George W. Bush Institute

Read Kaitlyn McClew's biography.
Kaitlyn McClew

Program Manager, Global Policy George W. Bush Institute

Paula J. Dobriansky, Chair

Former Under Secretary of State, Democracy and Global Affairs; Senior Fellow, The Future of Diplomacy Project, Kennedy School, Harvard University

Leanne Caret

President and CEO, Boeing Defense, Space & Security, Boeing

Connie Duckworth

Founder, Chairman, and CEO, ARZU

Joanna Grossman

Ellen K. Solender Endowed Chair in Women and the Law; Professor of Law, SMU Dedman School of Law

Kathy Hubbard

Co-Founder, Bridges of Understanding Foundation

Karen Hughes

Former Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs; Principal, Message Matters

Anita McBride

Executive-in-Residence, Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, School of Public Affairs, American University

Meghan O’Sullivan

Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs; Director of the Geopolitics of Energy Project, Kennedy School, Harvard University

Charity Wallace

Founder, Wallace Global Impact