As a former First Lady, she had a unique opportunity to make a difference in the public eye during her husband's service as Vice President and President of the United States. Throughout her years in public life and since leaving the White House in 1993, she has volunteered in, and supported, hundreds of charitable and humanitarian causes. Her number one cause continues to be family literacy. A firm believer that society's problems could be solved if more people could read, write and comprehend, she helped develop the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy in 1990.
She currently serves as honorary chair of the Foundation, host its annual fundraiser, and donates a portion of her proceeds to the foundation's causes. She also undertakes in a myriad of projects and a rigorous appearance schedule designed to emphasize reading as a daily part of family life.
Barbara Bush has appeared regularly on Mrs. Bush's Story Time, a national radio program that stresses the importance of reading aloud to children. She is the author of C. Fred's Story and the best-selling Millie's Book, as well as her best-selling autobiography, Barbara Bush: A Memoir.