Winston Churchill is one of the most revered politicians in history, but Natalie Gonnella-Platts geeks out over his wife, Clementine Churchill. “She put up with a lot, and history has largely forgotten who she is,” Gonnella-Platts says. “That’s something we’re still grappling with today. That has to change.” As director of the Women’s Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute, Gonnella-Platts is responsible for research and programming that empowers women and girls around the world. That includes the First Ladies Initiative, which supports first ladies globally as they use their platform to generate positive change in their countries. Gonnella-Platts has served in the position since 2014, when she and her husband moved from her home state of New York to a home on the M Streets. The couple added a baby boy to the family less than a year ago.
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