EMBLEMATIC FIRST LADIES
In 1999, when asked by The New York Times what her role would be if Donald Trump were to become President, Melania Trump replied: “I would be very traditional, like Betty Ford or Jackie Kennedy”. Before her, how did the First Ladies embody their function?
1961–1963 Causes: She dedicated her time to the promotion of American arts and preservation of its history, and famously restored the White House.
Particularity: She was regarded as an international fashion icon. And she is also tragically remembered for riding with her husband, President John F. Kennedy, when he was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, in 1963. to dedicate to devote, consecrate / to regard to consider / icon symbol, object of great attention and devotion / to ride, rode, ridden to circulate, travel.
1993–2001 Causes: She was a vocal advocate for expanding health insurance coverage and raising public awareness of health issues. Particularity: In 2016, she won the Democratic party’s nominee for president and ran for the US presidency against Donald Trump. vocal vehement, outspoken / advocate defender, champion / health insurance coverage medical insurance / to raise public awareness to alert the public (to the dangers of...) / nominee officially designated candidate / to run, ran, run for to be a candidate for.
1989-1993 Causes: Literacy was her special cause. She founded the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, seeking to improve children and parents’ literacy in the country through dedicated programs. Particularity: She was both the wife of a president (George H.W. Bush) and the mother of a president (George W. Bush). literacy ability to read and write / to seek, sought, sought to try, attempt (to) / dedicated program specialised programme.
2009-2017 Causes: She was an advocate for several causes, among which health, higher education, and international adolescent girls’ education. In 2011, she helped launch Joining Forces, a nationwide initiative to support service members and veterans.
Particularity: She was the first African-American first lady of the U.S. nationwide nationally, across the country / service member in the military, soldier / veteran former combattant.