There is so much more to the elite sorority of first ladies than fashion and state dinners, and that is what Ladies, First and its lineup of guest experts will explore. This podcast will take an informative and entertaining look at our first ladies’ legacies and how their leadership has shaped our nation and the international community.
Ep. 11 The Controversies of Julia Gardiner Tyler
The media loved airing Julia Gardiner Tyler’s dirty laundry and after leaving the White House she fought to reclaim her title of first lady. Dr. Christopher Leahy and his wife and fellow historian, Sharon Williams Leahy, spoke with us about one of America’s most vivacious and strong-minded first ladies.
Ep. 10 Clementine Churchill: The Woman Behind the “British Bulldog”
Sir Winston Churchill remains one of the most well-known world leaders, but few realize the impact his wife had on his political career. Clementine Churchill both tamed and empowered the “British Bulldog”. We spoke with Sonia Purnell, author of Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill, to understand Clementine’s leadership and legacy.
Ep. 9 Service Above Self– The Leadership of Barbara Bush
Barbara Bush’s dedication to faith, family, and friends captured the hearts of Americans. We sat down for a conversation with her daughter, Doro Bush Koch, to celebrate a first lady and family matriarch who had an unwavering devotion to the United States and a commitment to service over self.
Ep. 8 The Celebrity Status of a First Lady
When Frances Clara Folsom married President Stephen Grover Cleveland on June 2nd, 1886, the media descended upon Washington. Frances garnered attention and scrutiny that no first family had seen before. A few years later, Edith Roosevelt, with six-children in tow, drew the line between her private and public life. We chatted with White House Historical Association Senior Historian Dr. Matthew Costello to understand the evolution of public intrigue around first spouses.
Ep. 7 Dolley Madison, The Political Genius
Bridging political divides, Dolley Madison and her fellow political spouses taught our politicians a thing or two about civility, manners, and the art of conversation. We chatted with Massachusetts Historical Society President Dr. Catherine Allgor about our early first ladies, in particular, Dolley Madison.
Ep. 6 The Power of Collaboration
The community of first ladies may be small, but it is powerful. The women who make up this group understand its uniqueness and collaborate to amplify critical issues. We revisited conversations with Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, and Cherie Blair to explore how first ladies work together to draw attention to vulnerable populations.
Lovely- please produce more!
Thoroughly enjoyed this, well presented, relevant, and fun. How about going back in history even a little more? My daughter recently came home from her eighth grade class with a wonderful project on Martha Washington, I learned some things I did not know about her, and saw for the first time a portrait of her as a young woman. She was simply beautiful and had a tremendous strength of character and spirit. I hope there will be more episodes. Keep up the excellent work!
Really enjoyed learning about the early First Ladies in particular. So great to see how some traditions that began then still continue today. The host was articulate...easy to understand. Would like a slower delivery to allow for absorption of such interesting facts, anecdotes. Look forward to more!
I wish the episodes were longer!! I love hearing about these women who were put in these roles-not by choice-but still make the best out of it and leave their mark on the world.