Finally, the world is starting to acknowledge what we at Mount Vernon have realized all along- Martha rocked! She was intelligent (she ran her first husband’s very large estate after his death), generous (she graciously hosted hundreds of visitors to Mount Vernon every year), compassionate (she raised money for wounded Revolutionary War veterans’ hospitals), and brave (she risked her life during the war to spend winters in her husband’s camp). And yes, she was beautiful! For the official record, Martha Washington was not born fat, wrinkled, and white-haired. Shocking!
If you are wondering why we have stepped on the Martha soapbox today, it is to let you know that the Washington Post has written a wonderful article announcing Martha Washington’s greatness to the world. Spurred by her “sassy” purple wedding shoes (featured in a previous GWW post), the article is titled, “Fresh Look at Martha Washington: Less First Frump, More Foxy Lady,” which sums it up pretty well. The television show, “Inside Edition” has also latched onto this breaking news and will be broadcasting a feature tonight on the First Lady’s image.
To bring Martha Washington to your classroom, get a free DVD copy of Mount Vernon’s production, “The Real Martha Washington,” featuring historians Cokie Roberts and Rosemary Zagarri. Request it now to receive in time for Women’s History Month in March!