Former U.S. Senator and Missouri First Lady Jean Carnahan will open the Outstanding Missouri Women Exhibit in a free public reception from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. on Jan. 24 at the National Churchill Museum located on the Westminster College campus in Fulton, MO.
Carnahan is honored in the exhibit as the first Missouri woman to serve in the United States Senate. She will be give brief remarks at the reception and sign copies of her books, which will be available for purchase. Refreshments will be served.
"We are honored that Former Senator Carnahan graciously accepted our invitation to open this new exhibit at the Museum," says Dr. Rob Havers, Executive Director of the National Churchill Museum. "She is a longtime champion of women's issues and has been a pioneer in helping women advance into leadership roles in our state."
Jean Carnahan: Her History of Public Service
Carnahan worked side by side with her husband Mel Carnahan throughout his 40 years of public service as Missouri's Governor (1993-2000), Lieutenant Governor (1988-1992) and State Treasurer (1981-1985) and his years in the Missouri General Assembly.
As Missouri's First Lady, she worked to improve the lives of Missouri's children and to bring a new warmth and hospitality to the Governor's Mansion. She was an advocate for on-site day care centers for working families, for childhood immunization and for abuse centers, the arts and Habitat for Humanity.
When Missourians elected her husband to the U.S. Senate posthumously following a tragic airplane crash three weeks before the election that took the lives of her husband Governor Carnahan and son Randy, she agreed to accept an appointment to take her husband's place in the U.S. Senate.
During her two years in Washington, she was a leading advocate for working families. Her first bill, the Quality Classrooms Act, was a part of the Leave No Child Behind law. Following the Enron scandal, she introduced the Informed Investors Act, which also passed into law, requiring corporations to make swift electronic reporting of insider trading. She also secured an extension of health care benefits for returning reservists and National Guard personnel. She was a member of the first Congressional delegation to visit Afghanistan after 9-11.
She is the author of five books: If Walls Could Talk, a history of the state's first families; her autobiography Don't Let the Fire Go Out; Christmas at the Mansion; a collection of her speeches, Will You Say A Few Words? and her most recent volume, The Tide Always Comes Back, a collection of inspirational essays.
Outstanding Women of Missouri, a special traveling history exhibit sponsored by the Missouri Women's Council, will be on display at the National Churchill Museum until Feb. 3.
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