A C-SPAN Original Series
Mondays at 9 pm ET
February 2013 – February 2014
About The Series
First 

Ladies: Influence & ImageC-SPAN is producing a two-season feature series on the First Ladies, examining their private lives and the public roles they played in the White House. Produced in cooperation with the White House Historical Association, each week "First Ladies: Influence and Image" will feature the women who served in the role of First Lady over 44 administrations. This project is the first of its kind -- a comprehensive biography series on all of the First Ladies produced for television.


C-SPAN and the White House Historical Association also will collaborate on a video-rich website to accompany the series. The interactive site will feature historic letters, documents and photographs, classroom resources, biographies, recordings, as well as additional resources.

Peabody Award winning C-SPAN feature producer Mark Farkas will executive produce the series Season One, from Martha Washington through Ida McKinley, debuts Presidents Day 2013 (Feb. 18) and continues on C-SPAN every Monday at 9pm ET until June 2013 (15 programs). Season Two, from Edith Roosevelt to Michelle Obama, debuts September 2013 and continues on C- SPAN every Monday in prime time until Feb. 2014 (20 programs).

The White House Historical AssociationThe 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 at George Mason University and former head of five presidential libraries. He is a regular advisor to C-SPAN on history-related programs.
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.