March 11, 2015 at 9:30 pm

Café Conversation | Unelected Leaders: America’s First Ladies, March 11

Café Conversation presents Dr. Katherine Jellison on “Unelected Leaders: America’s First Ladies” on Wednesday, March 11, at 5 p.m. in the Baker Front Room.

Betty Ford, Michelle Obama, and Hilary Clinton—first ladies, but also powerful women. These first ladies played an important role in the political system by representing the nation and being outspoken about various political issues. Jellison, Professor and Chair of History at Ohio University, discusses how these first ladies have impacted American society.

CafeConversation“We’ve taken the role of presidential spouse and made it into such an important position, a kind of position that the spouses of other world leaders don’t hold. I think there is great curiously about the role of the on-the-job political training that these unelected women hold,” Jellison says. Her interest in powerful women dates back to her childhood, when she would take trips to the library with her class and select books in which girls were the stars. Her hope is to see a woman elected as president in the near future. ​

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