Women's Advancement

Advocating for Women

American leadership and engagement to support women is critical for a peaceful world. The Bush Institute develops policies and research that advances the status of women and girls across societies.

Autocrats, extremists, and other destabilizing forces seek power, control, and obedience — characteristics of patriarchal regimes that value men at the abject expense of women’s basic human rights.

One of the most tragic ways in which this is demonstrated is the egregious indifference to the suffering of women and their children.

Societies, families, communities, and countries thrive when women and girls hold equal and active roles. For women to engage and contribute to society, they need to be healthy, educated, and safe.

Unfortunately, opportunity and inclusion continue to remain out of reach for many women and girls. American leadership and engagement to support women is critical to a peaceful world. The Bush Institute looks to educate the general public and policymakers on:

  • The violence against women and children and its role in migration, particularly in Central America
  • The impact of women on democracy, peace, and security
  • The importance of supporting the well-being of young women and adolescent girls
  • The need to advance solutions for female refugee populations

Our Team

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 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

Jean Case

Chairman, National Geographic Society; CEO, Case Impact Network and Case Foundation

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

Anita McBride

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

Dr. 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