Women's Empowerment

Is First Lady a Demeaning Role?

 

What is the role of First Lady? Is it a dated, patriarchal role or has it evolved into something worthwhile and meaningful?

The first lady’s role has never been codified or officially defined in the U.S, yet she figures prominently in the political and social life of the nation. Since 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.

In this powerful clip, we see how Michelle Obama has evolved the role of First Lady and has been a hugely significant and resonating force of the White House. She has refused to accept that Trump bragging about sexual assault is another blip in the election campaign but has called on women and men alike to truly contemplate the horrific, magnitude of the Trump Tapes.

 

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7 comments on “Is First Lady a Demeaning Role?

  1. What do you think First Lady Melania of First Gentleman Clinton’s focus would be in office?

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    • hmm.. its hard to say what ancillary role they would play. If i had to guess I would say Melania would be nothing more than a preppy cheerleader for Don. And if its Hill – Bill Clinton would play a much less proactive role than Michelle Obama, trying to appear supportive without stealing the spotlight.

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  2. I don’t think first lady is a demeaning role — what else does one call the spouse of a president – am muuuuch looking forward to first gentleman 🙂

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  3. Years ago, when I was President of a Student Union the Union Secretary, who was male had quite a bad time of it, as people assumed that he was my personal secretary and jokingly asked if he sat on my lap. However when people came into the union office people assumed, because he is male, that he was the President. Years of history cannot change opinions overnight. I expect that in years to come the name might be changed to First Family – a bit like Royal Family.

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    • That’s an excellent call, I could definitely see that eventuality.
      Bill being the first male spouse of a female President, it could be a bit of an experiment at first, and over time the role will evolve and find its niche.

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  4. First Lady has been a major force for social reform since Eleanor Roosevelt… and possibly before then… (my memory fails on first ladies prior to that, and I can’t determine if it’s my brains’ fault, or the fact there really is no relevant one prior…).

    Anyway… Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton, and yes, Michelle Obama have been forces of good. I think Mrs. Reagan had a reading initiative for children. Mrs. Clinton, well, that is a long list… and Michelle Obama took on children’s health and wellness.

    That being said, the position is what you make it. There are first wives that didn’t do much in the way of the socio-political movements, for whatever reasons (not judging, maybe there just weren’t any major issues at the time?).

    If there is a new version of First Spouse, or First Husband, whatever we decide to call them… I think that tradition has shown that it can be an extremely important lobbying position for children and families if the person so chooses to fill that role, or there is a particular need for it.

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  5. Although I can’t find it right now, the First Spouse – does – receive some sort of pay. It’s not through the government but a long running ‘scholarship’ type program. Traditionally, it’s donated to charity, but some tend to spend it on fluff items.

    I think the money is provided when the husband leaves office.

    Can someone verify?

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