By Dorothy Schneider
This biographical dictionary covers all who've held this esteemed "office," together with present First woman Laura Bush. An in-depth introductory essay strains the heritage of the 1st girl, together with adjustments within the belief of what a president's spouse should still do and be, and the way those perceptions were plagued by alterations in society total. The booklet additionally deals fascinating very important facts, corresponding to presidents who had no better halves in the course of their presidencies, better halves who committed themselves to simply household tasks, and other halves who died in the course of their husbands' phrases in place of work.
prepared chronologically through time period of government, each one biographical access contains a certain biography with an emphasis on existence in the course of the presidency, a chronology, and proposals for additional analyzing approximately that first girl.
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Judith, who saved the Jewish people; she flirted with the attacking general, drank him under the table; then she and her maid (whose name is not in the story) whacked off his head, stuck it in a picnic basket and escaped back to the Jewish camp. They staked his head high over the gate, so that when his soldiers charged the camp they were met by their general's bloody head, looming, and ran away as fast as their goyishe little feet could run. Then Judith set her maid free and all the women danced in her honor.
In the wild, female monkeys are observed to bunch up pads of leaves to wipe off oestrus spotting. From still-surviving Stone Age cultures it is recorded that the women weave or fashion clothes, slings for their babies, and rough [ 26 ] • In the Beginning bags to carry what they scavenge or garner. Even today both Maori and Eskimo women contrive pads of a fine soft moss, while Indonesian women make tampon-type balls of a soft vegetable fiber. 19 It is difficult to avoid the conclusion that the women capable of bringing the infant human race forward into the future could also have found a way to deal efficiently with their own bodies.
After death her head was separated from her body, and the base of her skull [ 32 ] • In the Beginning opened to extract the brains. 37 Nor was prehistory any stranger to sexual violence. An extraordinary bone carving in the shape of a knife from Isturitz in the BassesPyrénées shows a harpooned bison graphically vomiting blood as it wallows in its death throes. On the other side of the blade a woman similarly harpooned crawls forward on her hands and knees while a male figure crouches lecherously behind her, clearly intent on sexual penetration from the rear, although the droop of her breasts and the swelling of her belly show that she is pregnant.