Edith Wilson: The First Unelected Woman President – Rebecca Boggs Roberts
The Not Old Better Show, Smithsonian Associates Interview Series
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Our guest today is Smithsonian Associate, author, and journalist Rebecca Boggs Roberts. Rebecca Boggs Roberts will be appearing at Smithsonian Associates coming up, so please check out details of her Zoom presentation in our show notes today. The title of Rebecca Boggs Roberts’ presentation is Edith Wilson: The First (Unelected) Woman President.
While this nation has yet to elect its first woman president—and though history has downplayed her role—just over a century ago a woman became the nation’s first acting president. In fact, she was born in 1872, and her name was Edith Bolling Galt Wilson. She climbed her way out of Appalachian poverty and into the highest echelons of American power and in 1919 effectively acted as the first woman president of the U.S. (before women could even vote nationwide) when her husband, Woodrow Wilson, was incapacitated. Beautiful, brilliant, charismatic, catty, and calculating, she was a complicated figure whose personal quest for influence reshaped the position of First Lady into one of political prominence forever. And still nobody truly understands who she was.
You’ll enjoy our conversation today with Rebecca Boggs Roberts, so please join me in welcoming back to The Not Old Better Show, Smithsonian Associates interview for Women’s History initiative on radio and podcast, Smithsonian Associate Rebecca Boggs Roberts.
My thanks to author, journalist and Smithsonian Associate Rebecca Boggs Roberts and her new book, Edith Wilson: The First (Unelected) Woman President. Rebecca Boggs Roberts will be appearing at Smithsonian Associates coming up, so please check out our show notes today for more details about Rebecca Boggs Roberts at Smithsonian Associates. My thanks to the Smithsonian team for all they do to support the show. My thanks to you, my wonderful Not Old Better Show audience on radio and podcast…please be well and be safe, which I’m mentioning in every show because I want to bring attention to the issue of assault rifles, which aren’t safe, in anyone’s hands but the military and law enforcement. Assault rifles are killing our children and grandchildren in the very places they learn: schools! Please, let’s work together to eliminate assault rifles, and let’s do better. Let’s talk about Better…the Not Old Better Show on radio and podcast, The Not Old Better Show, Smithsonian Associates interview for Women’s History initiative .
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