Top 10 Sophisticated, Smart & Strong Former First Ladies

This week was inspired by Melania Trump’s (or should I say Michelle Obama’s) speech at the RNC. I wanted to remind readers of some of the more inspirational first ladies the United States has had.

Melania Trump, wife of Republican nominee Donald Trump

1. Jacqueline Kennedy, “The one thing I do not want to be called is First Lady. It sounds like a saddle horse.”

2. Michelle Obama, “You don’t want to be with a boy who’s too stupid to appreciate a smart young woman.”

3. Abigail Adams, “If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice, or representation.”

4. Eleanor Roosevelt, “Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.”

5. Nancy Reagan, ”A woman is like a teabag — only in hot water do you realize how strong she is.”

6. Hillary Clinton, “You may not agree with a woman, but to criticize her appearance — as opposed to her ideas or actions — isn’t doing anyone any favors, least of all you.”

7. Mary Todd Lincoln, “I would rather marry a good man, a man of mind, with a hope and bright prospects ahead for position, fame and power than to marry all the houses, gold and bones in the world.”

8. Lou Hoover, “The independent girl is truly of quite modern origin, and usually is a most bewitching little piece of humanity.”

9. Betty Ford, “I have an independent streak. You know, it’s kind of hard to tell a independent woman what to do.”

10. Florence Harding, “I know what’s best for the President. I put him in the White house. He does well when he listens to me and poorly when he does not.”


Amy Nguyen is a 24 year writer in Calgary, Canada who currently works in the film industry, primarily in exhibition, and runs a blog on tumblr called “Wicked Pop Culture.”


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