Historians often characterize first ladies in the Progressive Era as representatives of the last vestiges of Victorian womanhood in an increasingly modern society. This dissertation argues that first ladies negotiated an image of themselves that fulfilled both traditional and modern notions of womanhood. In crafting these images, first ladies constructed images of their celebrity selves that were uniquely modern. Thus, images of first ladies in the Progressive Era show them as modest and feminine but also autonomous, intelligent, and capable.
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- Women's Studies
- Political Science
- First Ladies
- Progressive Era
- Presidents' spouses--Press coverage--United States--History--20th century.
- Presidents' spouses
- Women--Political activity--United States--History--20th century.
- Women--United States--Social conditions--20th century.
- Partial requirement for: Ph. D., Arizona State University, 2011Note typethesis
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 260-270)Note typebibliography
- Field of study: History