As the wife of President George W. Bush, inaugurated in 2001, Laura Bush became First Lady of the United States. Prior to that, she had supported her husband as First Lady of the Republic of Texas.
Laura Bush - a teacher and a librarian - focused her energies as an advocate for children's literacy, teacher education, and early childhood preparation for learning. She launched the first National Book Festival in 2001. Also in 2001, Laura Bush became the first First Lady in history to record a full presidential radio address, speaking out on the plight of women and children under the oppressive Taliban regime in Afghanistan.
Class of 2014Fashion Designer, Lublu
Joan Ganz Cooney was the first person to realize the full potential of televised educational programming for children. She probably has influenced the education of more children than any other woman in the world. Cooney was a founder of the Children’s Television Workshop (1964), one of the most significant communications projects of the late 20th century.
In 1969, she created Sesame Street, which won numerous awards and is seen by millions of children around the world. In 1995, Joan Ganz Cooney received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in honor of her contributions to the children of the world. In 1998, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.
1st woman to be elected lieutenant governor of Oklahoma and served 1994-2006; Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, 2006. In November 2010, she was elected as Oklahoma's first female governor.
Co-Founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Member of the Washington Post Board of Directors
Created Bettie Crocker
Hosted the first season of Bravo network's Top Chef. She also served as a judge for Food Network's Iron Chef America in 2007. She is the author of several cookbooks. Earned her degree in English and Journalism from Miami (OH) University.
McCaskill was elected a United States Senator from the State of Missouri in 2006. She previously served as Missouri State Auditor.
Strug became a two-time Olympic medalist and three-time World Championship medalist. In Atlanta, her team wins the Gold, a first for the U.S. women’s gymnastics team, when Strug lands a vault on an injured ankle (1996). After the Olympics Strug attended UCLA before transferring to Stanford to earn a degree in sociology.
Singer and Stage Actress
Best known for playing Elphaba in Wicked
Singer-songwriter who appeared on the television series One Tree Hill. Attended Miami (OH) University before making it as a successful artist.
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