New TV show to put First Ladies in spotlight

Last Updated: Sat, Feb 16, 2013 12:00 hrs

C-SPAN is set to unveil a new series, 'First Ladies: Influence and Image, looking at the US Presidents' wives over one year.

The series, done in cooperation with the White House Historical Association, will focus on the first ladies' 'Influence and Image,' Politico reported

Although the scrutiny the first ladies get in the modern media is well-known, Mark Farkas, the series' executive producer, said that it's the same as it ever was.

He said that Martha Washington was a trend-setter, a first lady, and was criticized in the press a little bit as she was a little bit too extravagant.

Farkas said that Eleanor Roosevelt really redefined the role of a First Lady.

Sarah Polk, the wife of America's 11th president, was attending congressional debates and when James Polk became president, she was over on the Hill attending the debates, he said.

"Now what the public thinks about that, that's not for me to judge. But even Rosalynn Carter was attending Cabinet meetings. So whether it's out front like Hillary Clinton or whether it's behind the scenes, they do have influence," he added. (ANI)

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