The Legacies of America’s First Ladies Conference
On April 8th, 2013 in Grand Rapids, MI, The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation was honored to host former First Ladies Barbara Bush and Laura Bush during the traveling “The Legacies of America’s First Ladies Conferences”.
The event coincided with the commemoration of Betty Ford’s 95th Birthday and continued Gerald R. Ford’s centennial birthday celebrations. Sponsored by American University, the National Archives and the Presidential Libraries, the conferences highlight the impact of our First Ladies on politics, policy and American culture.
The former First Ladies spoke about their personal reflections on numerous topics including Margaret Thatcher, the “place” of First Ladies with her position near The President, the campaigns of First Ladies such as education or healthcare, their post-office initiatives including national literacy programs and preparing to be First Lady of the United States.