Based on the volume Inventing a Voice, the more concise Leading Ladies of the White House follows the lives and communication of some of the most notable twentieth-century first ladies. Exploring their speaking, writing, media coverage and interactions, and visual rhetoric, the book includes Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, Betty Ford, Rosalynn Carter, Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Laura Bush. Featuring an introduction on the public persona of a president's spouse and a chapter on the first lady as a site of "American womanhood," Leading Ladies of the White House captures these high-profile women's reflections on public expectations and perceived restrictions on their communication.
Molly Meijer Wertheimer is professor of speech communications and affiliate associate professor of women's studies at Pennsylvania State University, Hazelton.
Chapter 1 Acknowledgments Chapter 2 Editor's Introduction: First Ladies' Fundamental Rhetorical Choices: When to Speak? What to Say? When to Remain Silent? Chapter 3 1 The First Lady: A Site of "American Womanhood" Chapter 4 2 Eleanor Roosevelt: A Rhetorical Reconstruction of First Ladydom Chapter 5 3 Jacqueline Kennedy: The Rhetorical Construction of Camelot Chapter 6 4 Lady Bird Johnson: The Making of a Public First Lady with Private Influence Chapter 7 5 Pat Nixon: Wisdom to Know the Difference Chapter 8 6 Betty Ford: A Certain Comfort from a Candid First Lady Chapter 9 7 Rosalynn Carter: Crafting a Presidential Partnership Rhetorically Chapter 10 8 Nancy Reagan: Leading Lady, Supporting Actress, or Bit Player Chapter 11 9 Barbara Bush: Her Rhetorical Development and Appeal Chapter 12 10 Hillary Rodham Clinton: Using Her Vital Voice Chapter 13 Epilogue: Laura Bush: Using the "Magic of Words" to Educate and Advocate Chapter 14 About the Contributors