These women of the White House are some of the most influential First Ladies in history.
Former First Lady Helen Taft held an influential spot in the social and political arena during her husband, William Howard Taft’s presidency from 1909-1913. She was known for entertaining guests and social dignitaries at the White House and introduced the idea of musical entertainment following state dinners, which is still a tradition to this day.
Sarah Polk served as First Lady of the United States from 1845 to 1849. She was known for her higher education and for her writing skills which were utilized for her husband, former President James Polk, in his speeches and policy issues within his presidential campaign.
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First Lady Michelle Obama is an advocate for women, encouraging empowerment through the education system. She and her husband, President Barack Obama created “Let Girls Learn,” which strives to help adolescent girls worldwide gain access to the educational system in order to reach their full potential.
The longest-serving First Lady of the United Stated, Eleanor Roosevelt, earned herself the title, “First Lady of the World,” for her efforts and contributions to human rights. She championed a fight for women’s rights and civil rights.
Former First Lady Mamie Eisenhower was a military wife for many years before her husband, Dwight D. Eisenhower, was elected as President of the United States. She was known for her pleasant demeanor and keen sense of style. She entertained many heads of state and foreign leaders. Her gown she wore to her husband’s inauguration is currently featured in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and one of the most popular items displayed.