Caroline Harrison is an often forgotten First Lady, but actually made several important contributions!
Mrs. Harrison was a gifted painter - she painted the dogwoods pictured above. She did a painting of the White House orchids that was reproduced and given away to the "women and girls" of the US.
Now why did I put John Hopkins in the title? Well, John Hopkins approached the First Lady about helping them to raise money, but she refused. Why did she refuse? Because they did not accept women. John Hopkins reevaluated their position and decided to admit women and then Mrs. Harrison helped them with their fundraising!
Mrs. Harrison was the first President General of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Her speech at their first congress was the first recorded speech by a sitting First Lady.