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7 Things to Know About Barbara Bush

1. She lived to be 92 years old.

Barbara Bush died on April 17th at 92 years old. She is being laid to rest today, Saturday the 21st, in Texas. She was born Barbara Pierce on June 8, 1925 in New York City.


2. She was married to former President George H.W. Bush.

Barbara and George celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary in January. They are the longest married presidential couple in American history.


3. She supported Equal Rights

Barbara believed in equal rights for everyone. “I want equal rights for women, men, everybody.”


4. She combatted Illiteracy.

She fought Illiteracy by starting the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. Many believe that one of her son’s dyslexia inspired her passion to fight Illiteracy in America.


5. She was popular.

A 1999 poll showed that 63% of respondents had a positive opinion of her as opposed to only 3% of respondents who had a negative opinion of her.  

6. She was her own person.

Barbara was known for making fun of herself, letting loose, and being exactly who she was. She was seen as someone who cared more about how people saw her and how they saw her causes than how she actually looked. She was famous for not confining herself to fashion rules or fussing over her hair and nails. She even said, “People who worry about their hair all the time, frankly, are boring.”

7. She was all about family.

“I want to be known as a wife, a mother, a grandmother. That’s what I am. And I’d like to be known as someone who really cared about people and worked very, very hard to make America more literate.” – Barbara Bush



Emily Macdonald

Oxford Emory '18

As a Political Science Major and a French Minor, I have big dreams of making a positive difference in the world. In 2017, I had the incredible honor of being named Co-Campus Correspondent of Her Campus at the Oxford College of Emory University alongside Marine Bruno. Although I graduated from Oxford College, I will always have fond memories of my time with Her Campus. Even as I move on to a new phase in my life, I look forward to watching Her Campus at Oxford Emory grow!
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