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U.S. Female Historical Figures Asks
  • Anne Hutchinson: How do you think religion should be changed?
  • Abigail Adams: Do you write letters to anyone?
  • Martha Washington: Who is your favorite president?
  • Elizabeth Hamilton: How do you want to be remembered?
  • Molly Pitcher: Have you ever fought for what you believe in?
  • Sacajawea: Where is your favorite place?
  • Sojourner Truth: What are you passionate about changing?
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe: What's your favorite book?
  • Mary Todd Lincoln: Have you ever lost someone close to you?
  • Harriet Tubman: Are you a leader?
  • Susan B. Anthony: Have you ever inspired anyone?
  • Elizabeth Blackwell: Do you want to be a doctor?
  • Clara Barton: Have you ever started a club or organization?
  • Annie Oakley: Do you have any special talents?
  • Jane Addams: Have you ever helped someone less fortunate than you?
  • Nellie Bly: Do you like to write?
  • Helen Keller: What's a challenge you overcame?
  • Eleanor Roosevelt: Who is your favorite First Lady?
  • Georgia O'Keeffe: Who is your favorite artist?
  • Amelia Earhart: What is a mystery you'd like to solve?
  • Rosa Parks: Are you outspoken in your beliefs?
  • Ella Fitzgerald: Can you sing?
  • Marilyn Monroe: Can you act?
  • Maya Angelou: What is your favorite poem?
  • Audrey Hepburn: What is your favorite movie?
  • Sandra Day O'Connor: Have you ever been the first person to do something?
  • Michelle Obama: Where do you want to go/Where did you go/Where are you going/ for college?

t0rtillachipss  asked:

I love presidential history but being a woman myself, I always find it interesting to study the Women of the White House as well. I am curious to know who your favorite First Ladies are and if you have any suggestions for FLOTUS biographies to read. I hope you are enjoying this holiday season!

Thank you! We’ve had some remarkable First Ladies dating back to the very beginning of our country, and I hate to overlook some deserving women like Abigail Adams, Dolley Madison, and Eleanor Roosevelt, but my two favorite First Ladies are Lady Bird Johnson and Betty Ford. Both women were indispensable to the success of their husbands (although that’s a common thread in the history of First Families) and played inordinate roles in public life while living in the White House.

Like Eleanor Roosevelt, Lady Bird Johnson and Betty Ford recognized the power in their unique position. They had the ear of the President every night and the eyes of the nation throughout their family’s time in the White House. While most modern First Ladies find an issue that they want to shine a spotlight on, Lady Bird Johnson and Betty Ford revolutionized the role of the President’s spouse, becoming activists in support of the issues they believed in. Those issues were not always popular, and they didn’t always coincide with the policies of their husbands. Controversies which could easily be avoided – and which Presidential aides often pushed back against due to potential political traps – never frightened Lady Bird Johnson or Betty Ford from taking a stand on behalf of what they believed. Lady Bird didn’t worry about campaigning for her husband and LBJ’s Civil Rights legislation while facing hostile crowds in the Deep South. Betty Ford didn’t hesitate to publicly support abortion rights or the Equal Rights Amendment (despite strong opposition from leading politicians in her husband’s party), or reveal when she underwent a mastectomy and treatment for breast cancer. Later, Betty Ford publicly revealed an addiction to painkillers and alcohol, and opened the Betty Ford Center after leaving the White House.

Most Presidents note that their wives are one of their leading advisors on all issues, foreign and domestic, political and personal. Most First Ladies put energy into certain issues that they feel strongly about. Lady Bird Johnson and Betty Ford were warriors – activists with a Bully Pulpit every bit as strong (and often far more popular) than that of their husbands in the Oval Office. When looking back through American History, it’s noteworthy how many of our Presidents seemed to marry women so far above their station.

As requested, here are a few quick book recommendations on America’s First Ladies:

The First Ladies Factbook: The Childhoods, Courtships, Marriages, Campaigns, Accomplishments, and Legacies of Every First Lady From Martha Washington to Michelle Obama by Bill Harris and revised by Laura Ross (BOOK | KINDLE)

Secret Lives of the First Ladies: What Your Teachers Never Told You About the Women of the White House by Cormac O’Brien (BOOK | KINDLE)

Upstairs at the White House: My Life With the First Ladies by J.B. West with Mary Lynn Kotz (BOOK | KINDLE)

Lady Bird and Lyndon: The Hidden Story of a Marriage That Made a President by Betty Boyd Caroli (BOOK | KINDLE)

A White House Diary by Lady Bird Johnson

Lady Bird: A Biography of Mrs. Johnson by Jan Jarboe Russell (BOOK | KINDLE)

Betty Ford: Candor and Courage in the White House by John Robert Greene

The Times of My Life by Betty Ford with Chris Chase

Betty: A Glad Awakening by Betty Ford with Chris Chase 

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I was a teenage girl in the 1990s. Some of my more vivid memories of that time include seeing Anita Hill (and Hillary Rodham Clinton too) ridiculed & debased on national television.

And that is why I am liable to cry when I see my two favorite living First Ladies on stage today - together & separately - fighting for women everywhere.

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