East Wing Magazine is the first journalistic-driven publication dedicated to covering presidential first ladies present and past. First ladies fulfill a “role”, as it’s often described. But “role” (defined as “the function assumed or part played by a person or thing in a particular situation”) falls short of the catalog of work carried out by America’s first ladies. The inaugural first lady, Martha Washington served alongside the nation’s first U.S. president, George Washington (1789 to 1797). And that was before first lady evolved into an unofficial title.

Then, she was referred to as “Lady Washington”. Bet you didn’t know that!

East Wing Magazine, as the title suggests, dives into the actions, initiatives, causes and, ultimately, the legacies of first ladies whose work in and out of the White House has impacted society. Readers aren’t confined to museums or lucky to catch a one-off, under reported first lady story in the news to learn about how these iconic women have helped shape the country. 

Every week, East Wing Magazine features reported stories, news updates, historic reflections, announcements, surprising little-known tidbits and more – in one place.

Recently, in a response to being named an honorary chair alongside all the living first ladies for the Women’s Suffrage National Monument Foundation, first lady Dr. Jill Biden said:

“We have never been silent—but women have often been silenced, their stories too frequently untold.”  

I couldn’t agree more, which is why East Wing Magazine will be telling more of their stories.

Join me, Founder and Editor Jennifer Taylor, on an intriguing discovery of our first ladies and how they’ve touched our lives.

Jennifer Taylor, Founder and Editor

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Jennifer Taylor is a longtime journalist with expertise spanning news, politics, conservation, agriculture, wellness, education, college admissions, and business. Her work has appeared in CBSNews.com, Earth Island Journal, Modern Farmer, Treatment Magazine, the Chicago Tribune and The Kansas City Star among others. Taylor is based on the central east coast of Florida and splits her time in the western Chicago suburbs where she was raised. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from San Francisco State University. In her spare time, she enjoys long walks with her husband and two grown children.

Erin Donaghue, Contributing Editor

Erin Donaghue is a journalist with more than 15 years of experience writing for local and national publications on topics ranging from criminal and social justice to music and astrology. She is a former online staff writer for CBS News and a former investigative editor for In These Times. Her work has appeared in CBSNews.com, Smithsonian Magazine, Jezebel, the Washington Post, No Depression, and USA Today, among others. She lives in New York's Hudson Valley, and spends most of her free time listening to live music.

Madeline Taylor, Digital Reporter

Madeline Taylor is a multi-faceted journalist with a background in local broadcast news, digital and television news production, and local and national digital news. She is a former digital news producer for Norfolk, Virginia’s 13News Now and a former digital news intern for Arlington, Virginia-based ARLNow. Her work has also appeared in Planet Forward. She holds a degree in journalism and mass communication from The George Washington University. She spends her spare time pursuing interests in music, dance and rock climbing.

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They're poised. They're polished. And, unmistakably powerful. Discover America's first ladies, their legacies and other curiosities in this first-of-its-kind publication.


Founder and editor of East Wing Magazine
Erin Donaghue is a freelance writer and the editor-at-large for East Wing Magazine.