I’m not sure who said it first, but there is a popular saying that “Behind every successful man, there is a strong woman.” I would argue that these women are often more successful than the men they are supporting, because they are often also birthing and raising their kids, and kicking ass at work while standing by their spouse. Over the years the role of the First Lady has changed, but each of these five women helped our country through troubled times.
As a First Lady, these incredible women not only helped support the presidents, but also served as shining examples for our country. Many continued to serve our nation even after leaving the White House. Each of these women helped to advocate for women’s rights and encouraged progress in lots of ways.
Below are five books written by, or about, former First Ladies. These women prove that even when supporting the most powerful man in the country, you can shine on your own! They are amazing role models and they all have incredible stories to share.