Submission Title

Politics: A World for Men and Women: A Feminist Critique of the Role of the First Lady in the United States

Location

Jereld R. Nicholson Library

Subject Area

Communication Arts/Rhetoric

Description

The role of the First Lady of the United States is relatively unexplored. This essay investigates the degree to which First Ladies gain an independent voice separate from their husbands by analyzing three artifacts, each from a different First Lady. The artifacts, from Michelle Obama, Betty Ford and Eleanor Roosevelt, included two speeches and one news column article. Each artifact was examined using a feminist critique. After conducting the analysis, the findings suggested that based on these artifacts Eleanor Roosevelt and Betty Ford created an independent voice during their First Ladyship, while Michelle Obama has struggled to gain an independent voice separate from her husband, President Barack Obama.

The paper upon which this poster was based was written for the Senior Seminar course in Communication Arts.

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Politics: A World for Men and Women: A Feminist Critique of the Role of the First Lady in the United States

Jereld R. Nicholson Library

The role of the First Lady of the United States is relatively unexplored. This essay investigates the degree to which First Ladies gain an independent voice separate from their husbands by analyzing three artifacts, each from a different First Lady. The artifacts, from Michelle Obama, Betty Ford and Eleanor Roosevelt, included two speeches and one news column article. Each artifact was examined using a feminist critique. After conducting the analysis, the findings suggested that based on these artifacts Eleanor Roosevelt and Betty Ford created an independent voice during their First Ladyship, while Michelle Obama has struggled to gain an independent voice separate from her husband, President Barack Obama.

The paper upon which this poster was based was written for the Senior Seminar course in Communication Arts.