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Jill Biden’s Very Busy Week
Biden advocates for Barbara Bush’s fight for literacy, recognizes 15 women at “Girls Leading Change” event, visits the Menominee Nation and kicks it all off with an NFL watch party appearance.
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First Lady Dr. Jill Biden Joins Authors and Entertainers to Advocate for Barbara Bush’s Family Literacy Legacy
Oct. 11, 2023 — First Lady Dr. Jill Biden advocated for literacy Wednesday saying it is “crucial in a democracy.”
Biden was a special guest speaker at The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy’s 2023 National Celebration of Reading. The event, held at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., brought together Bush family members, bestselling authors and entertainers, and other guests including Helena Andrews-Dyer, Franc D'Ambrosio, Jeff Nussbaum, Steven Rowley, Cheryl Strayed and Rebecca Yarros, according to the foundation.
"Reading forces us to challenge our preconceived notions, question our underlying assumptions, and wrestle with uncomfortable truths. Few skills are as crucial in a democracy that owes its endurance to engaged and informed citizens," said Biden. "That's why the work all of you are doing to promote literacy is so important.”
Doro Bush Koch, daughter of President George H.W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush, and honorary chair of the Barbara Bush Foundation, said literacy was essential for a country.
“A country where everyone has the ability to read, write and comprehend can thrive today, and for generations to come," she said.
The Barbara Bush Foundation hosted the National Celebration of Reading, emceed by Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Jonathan Capehart, to promote awareness of low literacy in the United States and raise support for the Foundation's work providing family literacy services to parents and children across the United States.
Oct. 11, 2023 — Jill Biden is recognizing 15 young women as part of an inaugural “Girls Leading Change” event at the White House timed to coincide with the International Day of the Girl Child. Read more
Wisconsin Public Radio
Oct. 10, 2023 — Biden toured the Menominee Tribal Enterprises’ Sawmill, the College of Menominee Nation and spoke at a Women’s Empowerment Summit and Training that was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She was joined on her visit by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland. A member of the Pueblo of Laguna of New Mexico, Haaland is the first Native American to serve as a cabinet secretary. Read more
Oct. 9, 2023 — First Lady Dr. Jill Biden attends the NFL Crucial Catch Monday Night Football Watch Party to promote cancer detection screenings. View here
The University of Kansas
Oct. 9, 2023 — Diana Carlin, retired professor of communication studies at the University of Kansas, has published a pioneering textbook shedding light on the transformative legacies of America’s first ladies. Read more
Oct. 7, 2023 — Florida’s first lady is happy to be compared to the most recent former American first lady. That’s the takeaway from Casey DeSantis’ comments Saturday in Iowa.
“They call you, like, Walmart Melania, which, by the way, if I’m in the same sentence with Melania, that’s a win for me,” she said, referring to Melania Trump. Read more
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Oct. 6, 2023 — First Lady Dr. Jill Biden will spend two days in northeastern Wisconsin early next week to promote cancer detection screenings during a Monday Night Football watch party before meeting with members of the Menominee Nation the next day. Read more
Oct. 6, 2023 — Photo gallery: First Lady Jill Biden speaks during her visit to the Dutchess Community College mechatronics lab at the Fishkill campus. View here
Mid Hudson News
Oct. 6, 2023 — First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, speaking last week at the new Dutchess County Community College Mechatronics facility at the Fishkill Campus, talked of the need for a good education and the support of the administration. Read more
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