A First Lady’s Contribution

The First Ladies at the Smithsonian

A First Lady’s Contribution

A new first lady enters the White House with her own vision of what the job will be and how she can best contribute to the presidential administration. Each one shapes the position for herself, determining her priorities and drawing inspiration from former first ladies whose examples she admires. First ladies have made contributions as campaigners, hostesses, public policy advocates, and the public faces of the administrations.