The drinks have really kicked in and the gals talk about the “Petticoat Puppetrist,” Edith Wilson. Bonnie’s 1 Cool First Lady might be the first female president – for a least a few months. Edith Wilson was First Lady during World War 1, the passing of the 19th Amendment, and took charge when her husband’s, President Woodrow Wilson, had a stroke. Surprisingly only 1 Weekend at Bernie’s joke in the episode! Find out if the Wilson’s were scared of what Bonnie lovingly calls “ladies with banners.”
Show Notes & Extras
- Gal-pals are Dr. Leah Leach, Katie Harris, Bonnie Fillenwarth and Debbi Sponsler. The gals have already talked about Michelle Obama & Florence Harding.
- Get-to-know-you question – who is your favorite political leader, bonus points if it’s a gal!
- UPDATE: The AOC documentary is called Knock Down the House and on Netflix. Trailer.
- Julia Gilliard’s amazing speech we promised to put in the show notes
- Bonnie’s 1 Cool First Lady is Edith Bolling Galt Wilson
- Power with Grace: the life story of Mrs. Woodrow Wilson by Ishbel Ross. It’s in the Gal’s Guide library!
- Early upbringing
- Pocahontas connection
- Archambault is a ladies’ name?! Cool!
- Edith’s first electric car was in 1904 and was a Columbia Elberon Victoria Mark XXXI. Pictured below (more info)
- Autocorrect fun!
- Edith’s first husband, Norman Galt, died. Edith took over the business
- President Woodrow Wilson’s first wife died while in office around the same time
- Both widow’s Edith and Woodrow were introduced and married shortly thereafter
- Edith loved black velvet gowns & orchids
- First Lady during World War 1 & a massive fight for suffrage
- How much was Edith a suffrage supporter/feminist?
- Katie Google’s hard
- 19th Amendment didn’t pass the first time
- UPDATE: Jeanette Ranken was in the congress during the 19th Amendment voting and did vote yes, both times.
- World War 1 efforts
- Sheep on the White House lawn (more on WhiteHouseHistory.org)
- President goes on tour, gets sick, has a stroke
- Was Edith “President” for a while?
- Woodrow Wilson died a few years after his term in 1924
- Edith worked on getting Woodrow’s letters back
- Edith published My Memoir in 1939
- Edith didn’t like a couple of suffragists
- Golf story
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