Editor's Note: After Friday night's AC360, many of you commented on the First Ladies segment, saying that first ladies have always been influential but it’s the 24/7 news cycle that now makes the world more informed about them. What do you think?
On your show tonight someone was saying First Ladies are becoming more influential. I think they have always been influential, some- of course- more than others, but what has changed is the news coverage. Only in the last few decades has news coverage been 24/7. It began with the Queen's coronation, picked up speed with Charles and Diana's wedding and kept going from there. I don't know my history very well, but consider Eleanor Roosevelt. She was certainly a strong figure. I think Martha, older than George?, was a great influence on him. And wasn't it Abigail Adams- before women could vote, who whispered to her husband, "Don't forget the ladies." Also, First Ladies get to choose their projects. Presidents don't. Hillary Clinton was certainly an active and involved partner. Those are just a few, but wives can be very influential in many ways. Lincoln's wife's depressions often spurred him on, i believe. Just a thought....
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