Laura Bush honored at Women Making History award gala
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The annual Women Making History Honors gala honored former first lady Laura Bush on Tuesday night for her advocacy efforts and contributions to inspiring women.

"I also felt like, as first lady, I could do whatever I wanted to do. I could choose whatever issues I wanted to work on, whatever I was interested in. And it game me -- I had a platform to work on issues that were important to me," Bush said during an interview with “Meet The Press” moderator Chuck Todd.

Bush brought up her infamous radio address about how the Taliban treated women and children in Afghanistan, adding that it is vital that the U.S. remain globally engaged.

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"I think it is very important for the United States to stay engaged with the rest of the world. It really is. We’re the one country [applause] who showed the rest of the world what it was like to be a democracy, to be a big democracy," Bush said at the Washington-based Carnegie Institution for Science.

The organizer of the event, the National Women’s History Museum, has spent two decades trying to find a physical, permanent building to serve as its home on the National Mall.

Bush said there needs to be a museum that focuses on just women.

Former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonOvernight Cybersecurity: Trump tweetstorm on Russia probe | White House reportedly pushing to weaken sanctions bill | Podesta to testify before House Intel OPINION: Trump’s bluff: Perfectly legal Trump supporter buys billboard slamming ABC News over Russia scandal coverage MORE, who also served as first lady, praised Bush in a video tribute.

"Laura has dedicated her life to advancing literacy and education, advocating for human rights, and yes, standing up for the rights of women and girls to learn and participate fully in society," Clinton said of Bush. "Like all of you, she is deeply committed to helping everyone everywhere envision a future where the possibilities of their own lives are as limitless as their own dreams." 

This year’s honorees also include former Treasurer Rosie Rios, who led the initiative to place the first portrait of a woman on paper currency, as well as former NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, former NPR host Diane Rehm, retired Brigadier General Wilma Vaught, and Dr. Faye Laing.

Cokie Roberts, an award-winning journalist, served as the event’s guest emcee.