Below is a statement from Gov Sarah Palin….never one to ‘look the other way’ –
“It’s such a shame that some can’t put partisanship aside to recognize the good work done by one woman who used the platform she was given to help women around the world. Laura Bush continues to work tirelessly to help women in the Middle East get access to breast cancer treatment and preventative care. She has helped shine a light on the plight of women in Afghanistan and has encouraged women small business owners. These are things all women should applaud and encourage, not criticize or dismiss. And all of this was accomplished by a woman who did not seek or aspire to the position of First Lady. In fact, I’m told that she always preferred to be referred to simply as Laura Bush and not First Lady. When she found herself in a position to serve, she stepped up to the plate and hit a home run for women, and she still does to this day as she continues her work helping women at home and around the world.
There are so many issues of great concern that should unite all women. In fact, I think there are more issues that women agree on than disagree. We’re all concerned, for example, about equal opportunity for jobs and about raising our daughters in a respectful environment that allows them the freedom to achieve their full potential. Imagine the wonderful things women could accomplish together if an example like this unfair condemnation of a worthy Alice Award recipient would cease. I think Laura Bush and most reasonable women would agree with me on this.”
- Sarah Palin