Senior Honors Independent Study

Podcast Series – The Understated Power of Women in the White House

Podcast Series – The Understated Power of Women in the White House

by Jackie Irvin Learning about presidential families — including Teddy Roosevelt’s rebellious teenage daughter who was known for smoking on the White House roof and breaking into sessions of Congress to watch the proceedings — inspired me to learn more about them, particularly the First Ladies. I wanted to focus on the shifting political climate in the 1970s, including the ERA and First Ladies Pat Nixon and Betty Ford, and how they cleared the way for modern-day women in the highest echelons of government. From Betty Ford’s outspoken support for the ERA, at times opposing the platform of the Republican…
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