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Topic: First Ladies: More Than the Women Behind the Men

Presenter: Diana Carlin, professor emerita of communication, St. Louis University

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The position of first lady is not outlined in the Constitution or constituted by law. There are no guidelines and no salary. Since Martha Washington, each woman who served took on similar responsibilities and brought their own experiences and interests to the position. They mirrored their times but also broke out of them to help shape women's place in society. Carlin looks at the role’s development by highlighting some of the most influential first ladies. 

Diana Carlin has taught about and researched first ladies since the 1990s. She is the author or co-author of book chapters on Martha Washington, Lady Bird Johnson, Barbara Bush, Hillary Clinton, and Michelle Obama. 


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First Ladies Book List



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