We know Eleanor Roosevelt, Abigail Adams,
but what about those other madams–
the many First Ladies of our nation
who held that most demanding station
from our country’s uncertain conception
right up to the present day.
Those women who knew how to host a reception,
how much or how little to say.
The ones who welcomed public life,
or chose to hide away.
Who fought for causes on their own,
or preferred to stay behind the throne.
How many have we read about or even recall?
Julia Tyler? Florence Harding?
It’s time to meet them all.