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First Ladies

  1. 1. First Ladies
  2. 2. objective • to understand and appreciate the contributions and roles of the First Ladies throughout history.
  3. 3. to get things started… • “The role of First Lady is whatever the First Lady wants it to be.” – do you agree or disagree with this statement? Why? – First Lady, Laura Bush.
  4. 4. how have first ladies been viewed over time?
  5. 5. what are some of the traditional roles that First Ladies have filled?
  6. 6. • setting fashion standards
  7. 7. • uplifting national spirit during a crisis.
  8. 8. • serving as the White House Representative in areas of special interest to women.
  9. 9. • campaigning for her husband (both with and without him)
  10. 10. • promoting charities and causes.
  11. 11. • accompanying the President at important functions.
  12. 12. • making goodwill travel missions.
  13. 13. • serving as White House hostess.
  14. 14. • maintaining the role of wife and mother.
  15. 15. • taking a role in White House renovation, restoration, and preservation.
  16. 16. What are some non- traditional roles that First Ladies have filled?
  17. 17. • advising the President.
  18. 18. • lobbying for causes behind the scenes.
  19. 19. Eleanor Roosevelt resigned from the Daughters of the American Revolution in protest of its refusal to allow African American vocalist Marion Anderson to sing at Constitution Hall. • taking a high profile moral stand.
  20. 20. • assuming important roles after being First Lady.
  21. 21. • taking a stand for the rights of women.
  22. 22. • Prior to her marriage to John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Bouvier worked as a reporter and photographer for the Washington Times- Herald, earning $42.50 per week. She wrote a column titled quot;Inquiring Camera Girl by Jacqueline Bouvier.quot; Later in her life, Mrs. Kennedy served as a well-respected book editor. • having a career.
  23. 23. ponder this… 1. what role is most important for First Ladies to fill? 2. do you think any of these roles are inappropriate for the First Lady to fill? 3. how might these roles be different the first time we have a female president and her husband is the First Spouse?
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