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Kennedy Onassis, Jacqueline

  • By: Kayla S. Canelo
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis overcame various struggles during her marriage to the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy (JFK). During her time as First Lady, she became the idealistic, iconic image of the American woman of the Cold War era. She represented the significance of embracing motherhood at a time when the family was on the forefront of American minds.

Jacqueline Bouvier was born on July 28, 1929 to Janet Norton Lee and John Vernou Bouvier III. Bouvier received her B.A. in French Literature from George Washington University. She then became an Inquiring Photographer for the Washington Times Herald. On September 12, 1953, Bouvier married JFK.

Turbulent Pregnancies and Marriage

Jackie Kennedy experienced difficulties becoming pregnant early in the marriage. This was upsetting for Jackie, because ...

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