Part I examines the role of First Lady, which has been undertheorized in legal scholarship, and how it promotes privileged white femininity, and in so doing, upholds patriarchy. Part II builds upon that discussion, explaining that the gender and racial norms that contribute to the traditional First Lady trope exemplify the intertwined nature of racism and sexism, which have been used to justify Black subordination. This section also examines how African Americans have embraced gender conformance as a way of attaining acceptance and status within the existing social order, specifically through the "Black lady" construct, which the campaign invoked to lessen opposition to Mrs. Obama, and therefore, the candidate. Part III, discusses the transformative potential of Michelle Obama's First Ladyship.
Williams, Verna L., "The First (Black) Lady" (2008). Faculty Articles and Other Publications. 177.
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