Photos: 10 popular US First Ladies
Published on November 9, 2020 at 13.03
Dr Jill Biden (First Lady designate)
Dr Jill Biden is the wife of the president-elect, Joe Biden. She is a mother and grandmother, military mom, an educator and an active member of her community. Dr Biden works to bring attention to the sacrifices made by military families, to highlight the importance of community colleges to America’s future, and to raise awareness around areas of particular importance to women, including breast cancer prevention, while continuing to teach as a full-time English professor at a community college in Northern Virginia. She has been an educator for more than three decades and taught English at a college in Delaware, at a public high school and a psychiatric hospital for adolescents. She has Doctorate in Education from the University of Delaware. Jill and Joe’s daughter, Ashley, is a social worker, their son, Beau was a lawyer and their other son, Hunter, is also a lawyer. They have five grandchildren. Photos: Alamy
Melania Trump (outgoing First Lady)
Melania Trump is the wife of the outgoing President Donald J. Trump and the mother of Barron Trump. She is the second First Lady born outside of the US and is the only First Lady to become a naturalized US citizen. Melania was born in Slovenia. At age 16, she began her modelling career.In 1996, Melania moved to New York and 10 years later, she became a US citizen.
Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama is a lawyer, writer, and the wife of former US President, Barack Obama. She was the first African-American First Lady of the United States. Through her four main initiatives, she has become a role model for women and an advocate for healthy families, service members and their families, higher education, and international adolescent girls education. Michelle was the Associate Dean of Student Services the University of Chicago, where she developed the university’s first community service programme. In 2011, Michelle and Dr Jill Biden came together to launch Joining Forces, an initiative calling all Americans to rally around service members, veterans, and their families and support them through wellness, education, and employment opportunities. In 2015, she joined her husband to launch Let Girls Learn, an initiative to help girls around the world go to school and stay in school.
Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton served as the First Lady of the United States to the 42nd President, Bill Clinton. She went on to become a US Secretary of State and a Senator from New York. In the 2008 election, Clinton was a leading candidate for the Democratic Presidential nomination. As a youngster, she loved sports and her church and was a member of the National Honor Society and a student leader. In 1969, Hillary entered Yale Law School, where she served on the Board of Editors of Yale Law Review and Social Action and met Bill Clinton. The former President often recalls how they met in the library when she strode up to him and said, “If you’re going to keep staring at me, I might as well introduce myself.” They married in 1975. She is also the first First Lady elected to the US Senate and the first woman elected statewide in New York.
After serving as Second Lady from 1981 to 1989, Barbara Pierce Bush served as First Lady of the United States when her husband George H. W. Bush won the Presidency. She is also the mother of the 43rd President, George W. Bush, and Florida’s 43rd Governor, Jeb Bush. Rarely has a First Lady been greeted by the American people and the press with the approbation and warmth accorded to Barbara Pierce Bush. She had a happy childhood and went to boarding school. It was at a dance during a Christmas vacation when she was only 16 that she met George Bush. The two got engaged a year and a half later before Bush went off to war as a Navy bomber pilot. The couple married after Bush returned on leave. As First Lady, she called working for a more literate America the “most important issue we have.” Mrs Bush passed away on April 17, 2018, at the age of 92.
Nancy Davis Reagan was a Broadway actress and was the First Lady from 1981 to 1989. She served alongside her husband, President Ronald Reagan, and is remembered for her passionate advocacy for decreasing drug and alcohol abuse.“My life really began when I married my husband,” said Nancy, who in the 1950s gave up her acting career for a permanent role as the wife of Reagan and mother to their children. She performed in 11 films from 1949 to 1956. Her first screen role was in Shadow on the Wall. Other releases included The Next Voice Your Hear and East Side, West Side. In her last movie, Hellcats of the Navy, she played opposite her husband. Nancy shared her lifelong interest in the arts by using the Executive Mansion as a showcase for talented young performers in the PBS television seriesIn Performance at the White House.” While living in retirement in California, Nancy continued to work on her campaign to teach children to “just say no” to drugs.
Eleanor Rosalynn Carter is the wife of 39th President Jimmy Carter. She served as the First Lady from 1977 to 1981, she was an envoy abroad and a leading advocate for numerous causes, including mental health research. “She’s the girl I want to marry,” Jimmy Carter told his mother after his first date with 17-year-old Rosalynn Smith, who had grown up as a friend and neighbour of the Carter family in Plains, Georgia. As First Lady, she focused national attention on the performing arts. She invited to the White House leading classical artists from around the world, as well as traditional American artists. She also took a strong interest in programs to aid mental health, the community, and the elderly.
Elizabeth Ann Betty Ford was First Lady from 1974 to 1977 as the wife of President Gerald Ford. She was noted for raising breast cancer awareness and being a passionate supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment. Her first marriage, at age 24, ended in divorce five years later on the grounds of incompatibility. She later began dating Jerry Ford, football hero, graduate of the University of Michigan and Yale Law School, and soon a candidate for Congress. They were married during the 1948 campaign. Their four children–Michael, Jack, Steven, and Susan–were born in the next ten years. She was frank about her successful battle against dependency on drugs and alcohol and helped establish the Betty Ford Center for treatment of this problem at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage..
As the wife of President Richard Nixon, Thelma Catherine “Pat” Ryan Nixon was First Lady of the US from 1969 to 1974. She was an avid supporter of charitable causes and volunteerism.Her mother, Kate Ryan, died in 1925; at 13 Pat assumed all the household duties for her father and two older brothers. At 18, she lost her father. Left on her own and determined to continue her education, she worked her way through the University of Southern California. She held part-time jobs on campus, as a sales clerk in a fashionable department store, and as an extra in the movies–and graduated cu in 1937. She worked as a high-school teacher in Whittier where she met Richard Nixon, who had come home from Duke University Law School to establish a practice. They became acquainted at theatre group when they were cast in the same play and were married on June 21, 1940. She had shared her husband’s journeys abroad in his Vice Presidential years, and she continued the practise during his Presidency. Mrs Nixon met the troubled days of Watergate with dignity. “I love my husband,” she said, “I believe in him, and I am proud of his accomplishments.” She died at home in Park Ridge, New Jersey, on June 22, 1993.
First Lady Jacqueline Lee 'Jackie' (Bouvier) Kennedy Onassis was a symbol of strength for the US after the assassination of one the country’s most energetic political figures, President John F. Kennedy, who served from 1961 to 1963.She was educated at the best of private schools; she wrote poems and stories, drew illustrations for them, and studied ballet. She spent her junior year in France before graduating from George Washington University. In Washington, she took a job as “inquiring photographer” for a local newspaper. Her path soon crossed that of Senator Kennedy and their romance progressed slowly and privately, but their wedding at Newport in 1953 attracted wide publicity.As First Lady, Jacqueline brought beauty, intelligence, and cultivated taste. Her interest in the arts, publicized by press and television, inspired an attention to culture never before evident at a national level. She devoted much time and study to making the White House a museum of American history and decorative arts as well as a family residence of elegance and charm. But she defined her major role as “to take care of the President” and added that “if you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do well matters very much.” Mrs Kennedy’s gallant courage during her husband’s assassination won her the admiration of the world. She moved to New York City; and in 1968 she married Greek businessman, Aristotle Onassis who died in 1975. From 1978 until she died in 1994 Mrs Onassis worked in New York City as an editor for Doubleday. Text courtesy: www.whitehouse.gov