Ford (1918-2011) served as the First Lady and the Second
Lady of the United States during the 1970s. She was a dedicated advocate for a
number of progressive causes, particularly regarding the rights of women and
minorities, setting the precedent for a politically active First Lady.
She was an important figure in the Women’s
Movement, supporting the Equal Rights Amendment and candidly offering her
feminist, pro-choice views. In 1982, she established a recovery center for drug
and alcohol dependency.