Living first ladies of the US
Michelle Robinson Obama
Married to: President Barack Obama
In the White House: As of 2009
Leading causes: Childhood obesity (Let's Move! campaign);White House garden.
Newsworthy: One of the "most inspiring women"; fashion icon.
Laura Welch Bush
Married to: President George W. Bush
In the White House: 2001-2008
Leading causes: National Book Festival; National Anthem Project; women's health issues.
Newsworthy: Goodwill trips; her views on abortion.
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Married to: President Bill Clinton
In the White House: 1993-2000
Leading causes: A controversial health care plan; initiated Save America's Treasures; State Children's Health Insurance Program; Foster Care Independence Act.
Barbara Pierce Bush
Married to: President George H.W. Bush
In the White House: 1989-1992
Leading causes: Universal literacy (developed a foundation); White House Endowment Trust.
Newsworthy: Graves’ Disease; campaign controversy; Hurricane Katrina comments.
Nancy Davis Reagan
Married to: President Ronald Reagan
In the White House: 1981-1988
Leading causes: "Just Say No" anti-drug campaign.
Newsworthy: Breast cancer diagnosis; consulted an astrologer; White House china controversy.
Rosalynn Smith Carter
Married to: President Jimmy Carter
In the White House: 1977-1980
Leading causes: Mental health research (she initiated an annual symposium).
Newsworthy: Women and the Constitution conference; Every Child by Two; Official envoy.