If the presidents fulfill important roles, America’s first ladies also have some important duties.
Rare reported that over the centuries, the first ladies have come to occupy an important position in American politics.
A first lady is not merely a wife accompanying her husband on various tours. She has her own set of cultural and ceremonial responsibilities.
From Martha Washington, wife of the first President of the United States of America, to Melania Trump the current first lady, each one has been almost as high-profile as her husband.
Here are five unofficial duties that the first lady has been performing throughout history.
It is the first lady who hosts most of the guests at the White House. This includes heads of state and other dignitaries.
The standard was by none other than Martha Washington with her weekly dinner parties. Julia Grant, wife of Ulysses S. Grant threw an evening reception for a delegation of Native Americans to create ‘goodwill.’
Nancy Reagan became a bit of a diplomat herself when she hosted Mikhail and Raisa Gorbachev at a state dinner in 1987.
The fashion icon
Many of the first ladies have been icons of their times with Jacqueline Kennedy often regarded as one of the most stylish first ladies.
The present first lady, Melania Trump, is a former model well known in her native Slovenia, Europe, and the United States.
They are known to be friendly and have put this reputation to good use. Melania Trump has been engaged with young Americans as part of her anti-bullying platform. She has been insisting that the young one “choose kindness.”
Many probably recall the Speaker of the House Henry Clay saying, “Everybody loves Mrs. Madison.” Dolley Madison is often set to have set the precedent with her good heart, desire to please, and the ability to remember everybody’s name.
Her famous reply to the statement, “Mrs. Madison loves everybody.”
Madison is credited with bringing positive changes into the role of the first ladies, who are now looked at as “charismatic figures.”
It is said that the title was first used for her. The then President Zachary Taylor is supposed to have coined the phrase at her funeral in 1849.
Woman on a mission
Women in the position want to use their positions to good effect and take on some important projects.
Americans planted victory gardens during World War II with the intention of sending commercially grown crops to the troops. Eleanor Roosevelt did the same with her own victory garden in the lawns of the White House.
Michelle Obama also started a vegetable garden as part of her initiative to encourage to eat healthier foods.
The role model
The first ladies have also been role models for young women across the country. Some of them take up bigger roles on their own.
Former first lady, Hillary Clinton, served as a senator from New York, and then as Secretary of State under President Barack Obama, after her husband, Bill Clinton’s second term.
In fact, she was the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate in 2016, the first woman to be the top choice for a majority party’s biggest test.