Our world lacks the proper role models are children are hoping to find. While this is true for boys, it is even more accurate for girls. Media bombards girls with messages that they should gossip, be engaged in Twitter Wars, become shallow and give their bodies away to men who just want to use them for their own ends. However, while our world may be lacking in these needed role models, Betsy DeVos stands as the beacon of light that our girls so desperately need.
Betsy DeVos was born in Holland, Michigan which is where she was also raised. Here, she would spend her childhood and attend the Holland Christian High School. This private institution formed a passion in her heart for private education. She saw its power and influence over a child’s life and knew this was something she wanted to promote later in her life.
It was at Calvin College residing in Grand Rapids, Michigan that she would earn her degree in business in economics and launch her respected career.
She began serving the Republican Party as the National Committeewoman for Michigan from 1992 to 1997. The GOP would also ask her to serve as the Chairwoman of the Republican Party in Michigan from 1996 to 2000. After stepping down for three years, they would approach her with the request that she serve again in that role in 2003. She served in this position so well that the administration of George Bush took notice. The Bush administration would approach her and request she serve the National Republican Senatorial Committee as the finance chairperson, a role she gladly accepted.
Her career in politics would reach its height when she was approved by the 2016 Senate to serve in the Trump Cabinet as the Secretary of Education. Here, she implanted her passions of charter schools, school vouchers, and school choice.
While these political offices are respectable, where her legacy honestly comes from is her service in the area of philanthropy. Her most famous contribution in philanthropy comes from the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation.
This foundation is driven by the passionate Christian beliefs of Betsy DeVos. Her organization focuses on bettering our country by building on the core values that strengthen every nation. Her foundation cultivates people’s abilities to lead, educate, seek justice, help the community, and produce art.
In the year 2015, Betsy DeVos gave $11.6 million through the DeVos Foundation. This gift caught the attention of Forbes who ranked the DeVos family number 24 on their list of America’s donors. As of this writing, the DeVos has given over $139 million to these various causes and the organizations that support, promote, and spread them.
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