Essential guide to First Ladies, whose life details and influences on U.S. history are often not covered when studying history in school. Who the First Lady was during a Presidency and whether they wanted the role and how much power they were able to ultimately wield over time as women’s rights grew tells a fascinating story. Facts about each First Lady, their early life and key activities get more globally and politically active as women’s rights evolve. Becoming their own force as partners of U.S. Presidents, many have had enormous influence on the United States and the world and should be celebrated in their own right. Expertly written by history author and professor David Head PhD, this 6 page, colorfully organized, durably laminated and inexpensive reference can open a door to American history often overlooked and also would be a great class set for the study of women in history and the U.S. Presidency.
6 page laminated guide includes:
- Legal Name, Nickname & Relation to the President – not all First Ladies have been wives of the President
- EX: Martin Van Buren’s daughter-in-law acted in the role of First Lady
- Dates of Birth, Death
- Dates of Service
- Early Life – Family, Education, Work, Children, Previous Marriages
- EX: Thelma “Pat” Nixon was previously a bank teller, janitor, X-ray tech and movie extra, and met Richard when they were both cast in a play
- Key Activities – Focus in Politics, Nation Building, Civil Rights, Education, etc.
- EX: Edith Wilson regularly attended Oval Office meetings and decoded classified messages from Europe
- Facts – Traditions First Started, Personal Achievements & Flare, Struggles, etc.
- EX: Helen “Nellie” Taft loved the Tokyo Cherry Blossom Festival and was instrumental in planting the trees in Washington