First Lady, First Reader

First Lady of the United States of America, Laura Welch Bush, wife of George W. Bush at a reading at the Chattanooga-Hamilton Bicentennial Library in Chattanooga, Tennessee on June 12, 2003

Laura Bush is known for being a dignified, quiet first lady who was immensely popular during her husband’s two terms as POTUS. Her background in education and voracious love of reading helped millions of school children and adults become better readers.

Beloved First Lady

Mrs. Laura Bush at a memorial service for victims of United Flight 93 at the Indian Lake Resort in Central City, Pa, Monday, Sept. 17, 2001

Laura Bush was quiet, and growing up, was by no means political. A former teacher and a librarian, she came to be loved by the United States of America during a time of great tragedy.

Daughter’s Devotion

Nellie Bly was devoted to her mother throughout her life.

Devotion to ones’ parents or family is common. However, Nellie Bly’s devotion to her mother was uncommonly strong. Having witnessed her mother’s ill fortune throughout her formative years, Nellie was determined to take care of her mother by any means necessary.

Daring Woman

Around the world in seventy-two days and six hours - reception of Nellie Bly at Jersey City on the completion of her journey. In Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, 1890.

Nellie Bly was an inspiration to American women in a time when women did not enjoy many rights. She was adventurous in a time when women did not go on adventures. Had she lived today, she would have been known as a deity. Her story lives on and still captivates dreamers.

Seeking to Understand

Eleanor Roosevelt during her goodwill tour of Great Britain, Nov 1942

Eleanor Roosevelt lived during a time when international travel was less common, and diversity was not celebrated as widely as it is today. She was, however, determined to understand the cultures and viewpoints of a wide variety of people.

First Lady and Pioneer

Eleanor Roosevelt worked with a diverse group of people to charter the fundamental human rights.

Eleanor Roosevelt used her position as the First Lady of New York State and the First Lady of the United States of America to influence politics and advance the cause of equal rights for people of color and the rights of women and the underprivileged.