SHE-LOGY: First Class Ladies.

“Behind every successful man is a woman.” These three women, however, stepped out of the shadow cast by the prominent position of their husbands, possibly the most powerful in the country. They are the First Lady who made their own distinguished mark outside of their supporting role. For that I regard them not just as First Lady, but First “Class” Ladies.

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Eva, affectionately called Evita and famously known through the musical “Evita”, is the second wife of the President of Argentina, Juan Perón. She served as the First Lady of Argentina from 1946 until her death to cancer in 1952.
  • Created her own foundation and began the funding herself.
  • Created the Female Peronist Party, the first large female political party in the nation, which encouraged even apolitical women to become the first women active in Argentine politics.
  • Had to refuse the invitation to run for Vice President due to her declining health.
 When she died, all activities in Argentina ceased and everyone mourned for the “Spiritual Leader of the Nation”.

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Eleanor is the wife of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who served an unprecedented four terms in office, making her the longest-serving U.S. First Lady (1933-1945). When the president suffered a polio attack, Eleanor stepped up from the typical role of hostess-in-chief to the president’s emissary, making public appearances on his behalf.
  • Redefined the role of first lady, one that is more involved, and became the standard against which every First Lady after her were measured. First ‘First Lady’ to hold regular press conferences, write a daily newspaper column and a monthly magazine column, and host a weekly radio show.
  • First Lady of the World, she was later called, because of her human rights achievements. She served as delegate to the newly founded United Nations, and became the first chair of the Human Rights Commission, where she helped write the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, considered her greatest achievement.
  • Repeatedly voted in international polls as Most Admired Woman.
Personally, her quote is my inspiration for my one-word goal this year, Courage.

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Hillary is the wife of U.S. President Bill Clinton, and served as First Lady from 1993 to 2001. Her term, despite having endured a number of controversies and scandals, is packed with trailblazing achievements for a role of “president’s wife”.
  • First ‘First Lady’ to hold a postgraduate degree and to have her own professional career before entering the White House.
  • Her role during the campaign has been so prominent, Bill even quoted as his campaign promise that the nation would get “two for the price of one” to refer to a presidency where the First Lady would play an active role in matters of public policy. And she did.
  • Most Traveled First Lady, traveling to 79 countries, sometimes going on diplomatic trips without her husband.
  • Only First Lady to seek and win national office and the first woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate from New York. She easily won re-election, too.
  • Secretary of State under Pres. Obama. Pushed for women’s rights and human rights.
  • She is one of the most powerful, most watched women on the planet. There are speculations that she will be the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate and possibly first female president of the U.S. If it happens, that would just be another groundbreaking first to her long list of achievements.
Sharing this article I have kept for myself since last year: The Hillary Clinton Guide To Being An Empowered Woman.

SHE-LOGY is a blog project open to everyone who is interested to celebrate women this whole month of March. If you’re reading this, I extend that invitation to you to contribute post/s about the women you’d like to honor. You can email me at silverliningmama@gmail.com. Thank you for reading this.



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