An original C-SPAN feature series telling the stories of America’s 45 First Ladies through conversations with top experts, video tours of historic sites, and questions from C-SPAN’s audience.

About The Series
First Ladies: Influence & ImageFrom February 2013 to February 2014 C-SPAN, in cooperation with the White House Historical Association, produced a feature series on the First Ladies, examining their private lives and the public roles they played in the White House. Each week "First Ladies: Influence and Image" featured individual biographies of the women who served in the role of first ladies over 44 administrations. This project is the first of its kind for television -- a comprehensive biography series on every one of the first ladies. Peabody Award winning C-SPAN feature producer Mark Farkas was the executive producer for the series.

The White House Historical AssociationC-SPAN and the White House Historical Association also collaborated on this video-rich website that accompanied the series. The interactive site features historic letters, documents and photographs, classroom resources, biographies, recordings, and other resources.

The White House Historical Association is a charitable nonprofit institution whose purpose is to enhance the understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the White House. To fulfill its purpose, the White House Historical Association produces educational literature and films, school programs, and maintains a website interpreting the White House and its history and the persons and events associated with it. From private funding and the sale of its educational products, the Association supports the acquisition of artwork and objects for the White House collection and contributes to the conservation of the public rooms.
 
Series Advisers
Richard Norton Smith
Richard Norton Smith
Presidential historian and former head of five presidential libraries. He has been a regular advisor to C-SPAN on several history-related projects. He is currently at work on a biography of President Ford.
Edith Mayo
Edith Mayo
Curator emeritus in political history at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Her books include First Ladies: Political Role and Public Image and The Smithsonian's Book of First Ladies.
Rosalyn Terborg-Penn
Rosalyn Terborg-Penn
Historian and author, focusing on 19th and 20th century African American history and American women's history. Her books include, African American Women in the Struggle for the Vote, 1850-1920. She is University Professor Emerita, Morgan State University.
William Seale
William Seale
Historian and editor of White House History, the award-winning journal of the White House Historical Association. Author of The President’s House and other books about American history and architecture.