The President of the United States is a full time job with pay. How about the job of First Lady? First Lady Pat Nixon said: "Being First Lady is the hardest unpaid job in the world." More than 60 years ago, President Harry Truman offered his opinion: "I hope some day somebody will take the time to evaluate the true role of the wife of the president." Whether the newest first lady, Melania Trump, is heeding Truman's suggestion, she seems in no hurry to embrace the role. Is the role only one of supporter-in-chief? As long ago as the tenure of John Quincy Adams , First Lady Louisa Adams remarked: " [I am] continuously told that I cannot by the Constitution have any share in the public honors of my husband". First Ladies of the United States are public figures, thrust into the spotlight because of their relationship to the president. Eleanor Roosevelt put it bluntly: "I never wanted to be a president's wife". Nevertheless, Eleanor Roosevelt is a good example of how many of these women have often played a dominant role in presidential administrations and in American life and, yet, the position of first lady does not come with a job description or salary. Beginning with the very first woman to hold the position, Martha Washington, each has had to feel her way. First Lady Grace Coolidge summed up her experience as first lady in this way: This was I and yet not I. This was the wife of the President of the United States and she took precedence over me; my personal likes and dislikes must be subordinated to the consideration of these things required of me." The last few first ladies have set aside lucrative careers to assume the duties and responsibilities of the position of first lady on behalf of the American people. Has the time come whereby these dedicated women should be paid for a job Grace Coolidge described as"discharging the duties of the position to which I had not been elected."