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East Wing Magazine Joins FLARE
New membership signals commitment to meaningful coverage of America’s first ladies
East Wing Magazine has joined the First Ladies Association for Research and Education (FLARE) as a Lifetime Inaugural Individual member. The membership signals the publication’s support for FLARE’s mission to create, sustain, promote and publicize research and education relevant to the contributions, lives, impact and lasting legacies of American first ladies.
East Wing Magazine, the first journalistic-driven publication dedicated exclusively to covering America’s first ladies, launched earlier this month. The magazine’s mission focuses on covering first ladies present and past and investigating how their legacies continue to impact society. The publication covers current events surrounding First Lady Dr. Jill Biden and living former first ladies, digging deeper into the stories that stem from their influence. And, it examines the stories of first ladies from history, investigating how they wielded power in the White House and paved the way for the first ladies who followed them.
“FLARE’s commitment to serious academic research and fostering a collaborative network of experts is crucial to understanding the complexities of America’s first ladies.” — Jennifer Taylor, editor and founder of East Wing Magazine
“FLARE’s commitment to serious academic research and fostering a collaborative network of experts is crucial to understanding the complexities of America’s first ladies,” says Jennifer Taylor, editor and founder of East Wing Magazine. “FLARE is an important resource for us, as journalists, to help tell new and underreported stories about these iconic women to a general audience.”
"On behalf of the leadership of FLARE, welcome East Wing Magazine," says Myra Gutin, FLARE's president. "Jennifer and Erin bring critical journalism skills that will further the stories of America's first ladies. We are very appreciative of East Wing Magazine’s support and our members look forward to many collaborations ahead."
Already, East Wing Magazine has examined in a story about the lasting impact of former First Lady Rosalynn Carter and how she opened the door for a permanent Office of the First Lady in the East Wing. Also spotlighted was the prominent role astrology took in the lives of some first ladies like Florence Harding on the recent 100th anniversary of her husband, President Warren Harding’s sudden death. And, readers had a deep look at the agricultural policy interests at play at the annual First Lady’s Luncheon. There’s more to come.
“East Wing Magazine's work will continue to draw on the research of preeminent women scholars who are challenging standing historical narratives about the first ladies that are so often tinged with sexism,” says Erin Donaghue, East Wing Magazine editor-at-large. “We look forward to contributing to the work that tells fuller stories of our first ladies.”
The digital publication posts weekly for curious readers who share a fascination with first ladies. Readers can also follow East Wing Magazine at @eastwingmagazine on Instagram and Threads and @eastwingmag on Twitter (X). More information about East Wing Magazine can be found at its website.
About East Wing Magazine
East Wing Magazine is produced by women journalists with decades of collective experience. Editor and Founder Jennifer Taylor has worked for more than 20 years in the field, with work published in CBS News online, Treatment Magazine, Modern Farmer, Earth Island Journal, the Chicago Tribune and The Kansas City Star. Editor-at-Large Erin Donaghue, a former CBS News online staff writer and In These Times investigative editor, brings more than 15 years of experience. Donaghue’s writing has been featured in the Washington Post, USA Today, Jezebel and Smithsonian Magazine. Read more
The First Ladies Association for Research and Education (FLARE) is the nation’s first association dedicated to the study of the evolving roles, history and legacies of America’s first ladies. The organization convenes scholars, institutions, members of first ladies’ staff, biographers, archivists, journalists and public historians to promote and publicize research and education about the contributions, lives, impact and lasting legacies of the spouses of U.S. presidents. Launched on June 21, 2021, as a 501(c) (3) nonprofit educational association, FLARE works in partnership with American University’s School of Public Affairs which houses the First Ladies Initiative, the only such initiative in the country. Read more