This teacher seminar focuses on the lives and contributions of the U.S. First Ladies.


Registration fee: €10

Registration form for Amerikahaus teacher seminars (112 kb)

First Ladies of the United States

Teacher seminar / registration fee: €10 / Please register via our registration form


"First ladies have acted. They have baked cookies and had teas. They have given commencement speeches and radio addresses. They have written articles and books. They have rallied women to causes, testified before Congress, and led major policy reforms. They have renovated the White House and set fashion trends. They have modeled consumer behavior and responded to cries for material assistance. They have traveled by air as diplomats and by train as campaigners. They have hugged babies, read to children, and comforted adults. (...) As Pat Nixon said, it is the hardest unpaid job in the world." (Jill Hummer).

The "job" of the First Lady has been defined, shaped and changed by the more than 50 women, who were not always the wives of the presidents, who have held this "position" that is not mentioned in the Constitution. They have often been close advisors of their husbands, using "pillow talk," and many First Ladies have championed their own social, education, health and political projects and initiatives. The main focus will be on the "modern First Ladies" like Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Kennedy, Betty Ford, Hillary Clinton, and Michelle Obama who in different ways tried balance their own views of the role of women in society and public expectations.


09:00 The "office" of the First Lady

09:30 First Ladies from Martha Washington to Edith Wilson

10:15 Eleanor Roosevelt

10:45 Coffee Break

11:15 From Jacqueline Kennedy to Rosalynn Carter

12:00 From Nancy Reagan to Jill Biden

13:00 Open Discussion

14:00 End

Please register via our registration form or online via FIBS.
FIBS: Stiftung Bayerisches Amerikahaus gGmbH

Speaker: Dr. Andreas Etges, LMU Amerika-Institut
Organizer: Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations

Contact: Sarah Martin (bibliothek@amerikahaus.de)
Registration fee: €10
Registration form for Amerikahaus Lehrerfortbildungen Herbst 2021 (112 kb)


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