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First Ladies of the United States

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“The first lady is, and always has been, an unpaid public servant elected by one person, her husband.” – Lady Bird Johnson

The U.S. has had some memorable First Ladies – from Michelle Obama, Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton to Lady Bird Johnson, Jackie Kennedy and Eleanor Roosevelt. America’s First Ladies commonly do community service and public outreach for many worthy causes, and in recent years, they have taken up campaigns ranging from literacy to children’s health to the drug epidemic. Their roles also include speaking engagements, welcoming guests to the White House and traveling the world supporting the President’s message.

Help your class discover the different roles that First Ladies have played throughout history as policy advocates, diplomats, and public figures with this collection of PBS LearningMedia resources, which includes images, background essays, videos and lesson plans. EXPLORE:

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