(KCPW News) Women are increasingly becoming agents of change worldwide. That was the message former First Lady Laura Bush brought to hundreds of women who attended the 25th annual Utah Conference for Women yesterday in Salt Lake City.
“George and I believe that women play a vital role in affecting peace, health, education and prosperity around the world,” Bush said. “By equipping women through education, we invest in a more peaceful, prosperous future for people everywhere.”
Mrs. Bush has become a global advocate for women’s health, education and literacy. The former librarian also spoke at the rededication of the University of Utah’s Marriott Library, after a $79 million renovation.
Senator Orrin Hatch praised the former first lady for her work promoting literacy, women’s health and education, and for helping at-risk youth. He also praised her husband, former President George W. Bush.
“In 30 years I’m the longest serving person on the Senate Intelligence Committee. We never talk about that, but I’m fully aware of the sacrifices, and the tough decisions, the really tough decisions, that George W Bush made for all of us,” Hatch said. “In 30 years, when those materials are declassified, people in this country will realize what a terrific president he was.”
Senator Hatch and his wife Elaine have organized the Utah Conference for Women for the past quarter of a century.