What do you know about the famous First Ladies we’ve had throughout history? How has the role changed from Marsha Washington to Melania Trump? Tune in to Ladies, First, a new podcast by the George W. Bush Institute that explores the role of first ladies in US history, and features first ladies from the 18th century to the 21st and from all over the political spectrum.

According to the website, the Ladies, First podcast began because

There is so much more to the elite sorority of first ladies than fashion and state dinners, and this podcast and its lineup of guest experts will explore this reality. Ladies, First will take an informative, and entertaining look at our first ladies’ legacies and how their leadership has shaped our nation and the international community.”

Four episodes of the podcast exist as of the writing of this article. The episodes go from a brief overview of the changing of the role from silent companion to outspoken advocate for current issues like literacy and female agency and voting rights.  Not only are they narrated by the host, Natalie Gonnella-Platts who is the Deputy Director of the Women’s Initiative at the George W Bush institute, but they also features interviews with First Lady scholars and historians. As someone who is always looking for a good book to read, I loved hearing from authors of upcoming books, like Elizabeth Natalle, who’s book Jacqueline Kennedy and the Architecture of First Lady Diplomacy will be published this summer.

Here at FFL, we have a love for the strong women who have served as first ladies throughout history. This podcast is perfect for us, because it explores how first ladies became so much more than just a figurehead or a silent companion to an elected official. They have become diplomats, spokeswomen, advocates and role models. They are absolutely fascinating individuals we can all learn more about.

Check out the first four episodes of the Ladies, First Podcast wherever you get your podcasts, but here’s a sneak peak at their subjects:

  • Episode 1: A role without a rulebook

  • Episode 2: Hollywood and Florence Harding’s Legacy

  • Episode 3: Jackie Kennedy and the Art of Soft Power

  • Episode 4: Laura Bush and the Policy of Commission

Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member