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Edith Wilson

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.”

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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)

Edith in her electric car 1904

  • 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


  • 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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