National Federation of Republican Women
June 20, 2012
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National Federation of Republican Women Recognizes
Laura Bush's Legacy on Women's Issues

Applauds Sewall-Belmont House for Honoring Mrs. Bush with Highest Honor

ALEXANDRIA, Va. Rae Lynne Chornenky, president of the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW), issued the following statement supporting the Sewall-Belmont House in presenting its highest honor to former First Lady Laura Bush in recognition of her distinguished work on behalf of women.

"The National Federation of Republican Women applauds the Sewall-Belmont House for selecting former First Lady Laura Bush as the recipient of its highest honor, the Alice Award. Mrs. Bush served our nation as first lady for eight years while her husband was in office. As first lady, she took a leading role in advocacy for women and children through education and health initiatives, both at home and across the world.

"Mrs. Bush played a leading role in the push for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, a democracy leader who has been under house arrest for 13 years. Mrs. Bush has been an outspoken advocate for human rights, especially in Burma, and continues to be a passionate advocate for these issues through the George W. Bush Freedom Institute. She is a powerful example of one woman who uses the platform she has been given to empower women across the world to greater achievement.

"It is incredibly demeaning to all women when women like Sonia Pressman Fuentes, co-founder of the National Organization for Women (NOW), attack the undeniable legacy of leadership of women like Laura Bush. NOW does not speak for women across America. With their attacks on former First Lady Laura Bush, Sonia Pressman Fuentes and NOW continue to prove they are nothing but a forum for faulty and demeaning rhetoric that fails to empower women of any political affiliation."

Founded in 1938, the NFRW has thousands of active members in local clubs across the nation and in several U.S. territories, making it one of the largest women’s political organizations in the country. The grassroots organization works to promote the principles and objectives of the Republican Party, elect Republican candidates, inform the public through political education and activity, and increase the effectiveness of women in the cause of good government.

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