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Page Turners Series: Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Leading Ladies

Fri November 9, 2007 at Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum

The Center hosted U.S. Senator, University of Texas and Law School alumnus and bestselling author, Kay Bailey Hutchison on Friday, November 9, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. in the 10th floor LBJ Library Atrium. Senator Hutchison provided a general overview of her new book, Leading Ladies: American Trailblazers, followed by discussion of select biographical snapshots of great American women featured in the book.

Leading Ladies
Leading Ladies: American Trailblazers
About Kay Bailey Hutchison

In 1993, Texans elected Kay Bailey Hutchison to the United States Senate in a special election, making her the first—and, to date, the only—woman elected to represent the state in the Senate. One year later, she was re-elected to a full six-year term. And in 2000, more than four million Texans voted for her re-election to a second full term—no other Texas candidate has ever captured more votes. In 2006, she was again re-elected by an overwhelming margin. She serves in the Senate leadership, having been elected by her colleagues to be chairman of the Republican Policy Committee in the 110th Congress, making her the fourth-highest ranking Republican senator.

Among her numerous awards, Senator Hutchison was honored with an Outstanding Legislator Award in 2006 by the Association of the United States Army, was awarded the Woman's Foreign Policy Group Inaugural Congressional Leadership Award in 2004 and was named one of Forbes Magazine's 2005 World's Most Powerful Women.

Senator Hutchison grew up in La Marque, Texas and graduated from the University of Texas and UT Law School. She was twice elected to the Texas House of Representatives. In 1990, she was elected Texas State Treasurer. In June 2000, she and several colleagues coauthored Nine and Counting: The Women of the Senate, and in 2004, she released her second book, American Heroines: The Spirited Women Who Shaped Our Country.

Kay Bailey Hutchison
About Leading Ladies: American Trailbalzers

In a series of biographical portraits and historical overviews, Leading Ladies tells the dramatic stories of dedicated and courageous women from all walks of life. The trailblazers included in this collection range from the first American women to enlist in the Army to the political and corporate leaders of our time.

Among the inspirational women Senator Hutchison profiles are:

  • Susan B. Anthony : pioneering advocate for women’s suffrage
  • Eliza Jan Poitevent : the first woman publisher of a major newspaper
  • Gerty Cori : the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Science
  • Rosa Parks : responsible for launching the Civil Rights movement
  • First Ladies: Lady Bird Johnson, Barbara Bush, Jacqueline Kennedy, and Hillary Clinton

Included is a blend of both historical and modern pioneers from all periods of history that have contributed to the strength and progress of our nation.  The women of Leading Ladies continue to influence generations of American women today and no history of the nation is complete without them.


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