First Ladies and American Women: in Politics and at Home

TitleFirst Ladies and American Women: in Politics and at Home
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsHummer, Jill Abraham
Number of Pages269
PublisherUniversity Press of Kansas
CityLawrence, Kansas

Each first lady has, in her way, been intimately linked with the roles, rights, and responsibilities of American women. Pursuing this connection, First Ladies and American Women reveals how each first lady from Lou Henry Hoover to Michelle Obama has reflected and responded to trends that marked and unified her time. Throughout, Hummer explores how background, personality, ambitions, and her relationship to the president shaped each first lady's response to women in society and to the broader political context in which each administration functioned--and how, in turn, these singular responses reflect the changing role of women in American society over nearly a century.

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