"I've been committed, really, to Afghanistan and Afghan women since September 11th," the former First Lady tells PEOPLE. "Starting that day, I felt a special relationship with Afghan women and do still today."
Once those 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States introduced Americans to the brutality of the Taliban in Afghanistan, Mrs. Bush used her White House platform to champion the Afghan women and girls violently persecuted, barred from schools and denied basic human rights by the Taliban. Their cause remained Mrs. Bush's passion project after she moved home to Texas in 2009 and, this week, culminates in the release of her new book, We Are Afghan Women: Voices of Hope."
Read article by Sandra Sobieraj Westfall from People Magazine.