Former First Ladies Nancy Reagan, Lady Bird Johnson, Rosalynn Carter, Betty Ford, Barbara Bush, and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton at the National Garden Gala, A Tribute to America's First Ladies, May 11, 1994. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, absent due to illness, died a week after this photograph was taken.
Eleanor Roosevelt, American First Lady married to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, humanitarian, adviser, and active United Nations (U.N.) representative. During her time as First Lady, she proved to be an invaluable adviser to President Roosevelt. She was an advocate for child welfare, housing reform, and equal rights for women and racial minorities. She resigned from the Daughters of the American Revolution when, Black American contralto, Marian Anderson was refused the use of the…
Former First Ladies (from left to right) Rosalynn Carter, Hillary Clinton, who was a senator at that time, and Barbara Bush at the dedication of the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park in 2004.
Dolley Madison, wife of President James Madison.In September 1794 Dolley married Representative James Madison 17 years her senior.She was widowed with a young son.Her social graces made her famous To this day she remains one of the most admired and best loved first ladies of the White House.
A much-needed sign of political civility: First Lady Michelle Obama gives former President George W. Bush a big hug at the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture today. President Bush signed the bill authorizing the NMAAHC in 2003. For more photos check out kennerly.com
Eleanor Roosevelt took advantage of her role as First Lady and spoke out about children's and women's rights, as well as human rights. Instead of staying in the back, she held press conferences where she was a voice for racial discrimination and the poor. She is now considered one of the first public officials to publicize important issues through the mass media.
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