Leading Ladies American Trailblazers
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It was really interesting to learn more about some of the most famous women in American history, like Jackie Kennedy. I mean, I knew the general life story about her - married Jack, married Onassis, edited books for years and years, wore great clothes, so on and so forth. But I didn't know that she was so active in art/historical conservation, and that is something that I truly respect in a leader! (i'm an art history major, so that can't be much of a surprise!) It's absolutely wonderful that she changed the White House from little more than rented rooms for the President to a museum of Presidential residences.
I was also quite interested to hear about Lady Bird Johnson, since I didn't know anything about her, but I was disappointed that Hutchison skipped right over Hillary Clinton. I mean, you want to talk about an influential First Lady and I feel like Hillary would be right up there - certainly the perception at the time was that she was a very domineering woman, especially over po' Bill.
She wrote about a lot of different women from a variety of backgrounds, including Rosa Parks and Jane Addams. It was extremely interesting. I thought the politics section ran a bit long - little surprise, I suppose, given that Hutchison is a politician - compared to the other sections, and it was skewed towards Republican women. From what I've heard of the actual unabridged book, there are more biographies and Hillary Clinton is included. But as I listened to this, I couldn't help but wonder if the political women were being cherry-picked to appeal to a conservative base. I mean, Laura Bush? Sorry, she's a lovely woman and all but she didn't seem that interesting. But I guess that' s mighty cynical of me, eh?
Anyway, this was a nice little history lesson to listen to on my morning commute!
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