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First Ladies Series: Lady Bird Johnson – History Livestream

March 4 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EST

First Ladies Series: Lady Bird Johnson – History Livestream. Hosted by Robert Kelleman – Washington, DC History & Culture.

We invite you to join us for our new “First Ladies Series” of livestream history programs to learn about and discuss the fascinating and inspiring women who have served our nation.

Each program will feature a different First Lady and we’ll review their professional and personal lives, before, during, and after the White House years.

Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Johnson (née Taylor; December 22, 1912 – July 11, 2007) was First Lady of the United States from 1963 to 1969 as the wife of President Lyndon B. Johnson. She previously served as Second Lady from 1961 to 1963 when her husband was vice president.

Notably well educated for a woman of her era, Lady Bird proved a capable manager and a successful investor. After marrying Lyndon Johnson in 1934 when he was a political hopeful in Austin, Texas, she used a modest inheritance to bankroll his congressional campaign and then ran his office while he served in the Navy.

As First Lady, Mrs. Johnson broke new ground by interacting directly with Congress, employing her own press secretary, and making a solo electioneering tour. She was an advocate for beautifying the nation’s cities and highways (“Where flowers bloom, so does hope”). The Highway Beautification Act was informally known as “Lady Bird’s Bill”. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977, and the Congressional Gold Medal in 1984, the highest honors bestowed upon a U.S. civilian. Johnson has been consistently ranked in occasional Siena College Research Institute surveys of as one of the most highly regarded American first ladies per the assessments of historians.

The First Lady of the United States is the title held by the hostess of the White House, usually the wife of the president of the United States, concurrent with the president’s term in office. Although the first lady’s role has never been codified or officially defined, she figures prominently in the political and social life of the United States. Since the early 20th century, the first lady has been assisted by official staff, now known as the Office of the First Lady and headquartered in the East Wing of the White House.

Jill Biden is the current first lady of the United States, as wife of the 46th and current president of the United States, Joe Biden.

Since Martha Washington in the 1790s, the role of first lady has changed considerably. It has come to include involvement in political campaigns, management of the White House, championship of social causes, and representation of the president at official and ceremonial occasions.

Over the years individual first ladies have held influence in a range of sectors, from fashion to public opinion on policy, as well as advocacy for female empowerment. Historically, should a president be unmarried or a widower the president usually asks a relative to act as White House hostess.

Web Links:

https://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/dr-jill-biden/

https://www.whitehousehistory.org/collections/first-lady-biographies

https://americanhistory.si.edu/exhibitions/first-ladies

http://www.firstladies.org/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Lady_of_the_United_States

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Your host for this program is Robert Kelleman, the founder/director of the non-profit community organization Washington, DC History & Culture.

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