First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt only allowed female journalists at her press conferences. Check out her awesome reason why
Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, became the first First Lady to hold her own press conferences. For her first press conference in 1933, Roosevelt had one simple rule: Only female reporters would be allowed to attend.
Roosevelt established this rule to ensure that newspapers would have to hire more female journalists. Women's suffrage in the United States was only 13 years old, as the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which claimed "the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex," was passed in 1920.
Roosevelt established herself as a politically-involved and socially-relevant First Lady, destroying the notion that a First Lady should be "elegant," insisting that citizens view her as "plain, ordinary Mrs. Roosevelt."