The First Lady: Boosting Volunteerism

The post carries no official duties, no statutory powers and no salary, but the First Ladyship of the U.S. can be a singularly influential position for women of drive and grace. After years of being uncharitably meowed at by Washington gossips as stiff and unsophisticated, Pat Nixon last week showed that she could master the job.

On a four-day journey to publicize ten volunteer self-help projects on the West Coast, her first official solo trip since Inauguration Day, Mrs. Nixon was a model of warmth and graciousness—flashing her smile and her topaz brown eyes at shy children, embracing self-conscious elderly women,...

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