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Veronica Tan, Jakarta Women's March and making a difference

Jakarta   /   Wed, March 8, 2017   /  01:58 pm
Veronica Tan, Jakarta Women's March and making a difference Veronica Tan, head of The Council for National Handicrafts Indonesia (Dekranasda) with workshop participants at Jakarta Creative Hub, Central Jakarta on Wednesday. (JP/Masajeng Rahmiasri)

Lady Bird Johnson, wife of the 36th president of the United States, once quipped: “The first lady is an unpaid public servant elected by one person — her husband.” Nevertheless, due to their visibility and position, they are under the microscope as much as the men who “elected” them. Tough luck for Melania Trump, who is reportedly miserable under the intense scrutiny she is getting just because she’s (unlucky enough to be) married to Donald. Such was not the case with her predecessor, Michelle Obama, who embraced the role with grace and enthusiasm. One of the most visible, popular and activist first ladies of our time, I wondered initially — as many others may have — if such a strong, independent, smart, modern woman, could be the nation’s FLOTUS (First Lady of the United States). The position essentially meant giving up h...

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